Reviewing the 2011 Rule 5 Roster Crunch

We’ve reviewed the upcoming Rule 5 roster crunch before, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of players eligible for the upcoming draft in December.  With about half a season in the books, let’s review the best of the first time eligible players, broken down by category.  The categories will be: Must Protect - The obvious choices Good Talent - Guys with the talent, but lacking the results Depth - Guys who...

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Altoona Series Recap and Thoughts
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Altoona Series Recap and Thoughts

After seeing Altoona play a three game series in Trenton this week, I’ll summarize my impressions of the top prospects that I saw, many of them for the first time in person. To make things easier I’ll concentrate only on the players that could rank among the top 30 prospects in the system. Unfortunately I was not able to see either Bryan Morris or Tim Alderson make an appearance so I have nothing new on them, although both...

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Pirates Prospects on Extra Innings: 4/15

Yesterday I recorded two segments with David Todd of Extra Innings on 104.7 FM.  The first interview is scheduled to run tonight on the post game show, and again on Sunday night.  You can listen to a live stream here. We discussed some of the early results of the minor league season, focusing on Zack Von Rosenberg, Colton Cain, Jeffrey Inman, Alex Presley, and Quincy Latimore.  We also recorded a segment on the draft, and my trip to...

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The Prospect Status of Quincy Latimore

With the lack of power hitting options in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system, you would think that any player with power would be considered a top prospect in the system.  Last year Quincy Latimore hit 19 homers in high-A, at the age of 21, in 518 at-bats.  That was enough to rank him second among Pirates’ farmhands, falling only behind Brandon Moss, who had 22 in AAA.  Despite the high home run totals, Latimore only...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/7/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) Home Runs: None INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3 Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez (1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 RBI) Notes: Brian Burres (0-1, 3.60) wasn’t very effective, throwing 75 pitches, with 46 for...

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