The Bradenton Marauders Offense – Is it the park or the players?

As we head into the final week of minor league baseball, the Bradenton Marauders hitters are comfortably leading the Florida State League in both batting average and OPS. They are also leading the league in runs scored and 3rd in homers. What I’m wondering though is if McKechnie Field is assisting in this offensive outburst or if the Marauders just have a great group of talented hitters.

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Daily Prospect Profile: Ramon Cabrera

The catching depth in the Pittsburgh Pirates system is thin behind top prospect Tony Sanchez.  All of the upper level options, including the two currently replacing Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder in the majors, profile more as backups.  Eric Fryer might be able to establish himself as a starting prospect, but as of right now, the only potential starting prospect in the system is Sanchez.  Right behind Sanchez is a catcher who is putting...

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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Hitters

The second in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Hitter prospects in the full-season leagues.

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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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Five Marauders Named to FSL All-Star Team

Jarek Cunningham, Aaron Baker, Ramon Cabrera, Kyle McPherson, and Brett Lorin were all named to the Florida State League All-Star team today, according to a Bradenton Marauders press release. Cunningham is currently hitting for a .289/.337/.599 line, with an organizational best 11 homers in 187 at-bats. Baker is hitting for a .270/.341/.443 line in 185 at-bats, with seven homers.  He struggled in the month of May, with a...

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