2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona and Indianapolis infields so far.  The lower levels are where things start getting tricky for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates have focused heavily on the draft the past few seasons.  Because they are adding new players every year, they run in to a potential problem at the lower levels.  If a player struggles, and isn’t ready to make the jump to AA, it creates a position jam, either blocking a...

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West Virginia vs Lakewood Series Recap – Hitters

The following game report is from Omar, who was in attendance for the West Virginia Power/Lakewood Blueclaws series this past week. Also, be sure to check out his report on the West Virginia pitchers. On the hitting side of the team I’ll remind you that they were facing some real good pitchers, and in the Saturday game the home plate umpire’s strike zone got huge from the 5th inning on for both teams, so keeping those...

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I Want To Be A Prospect

With the draft deadline of August 16th rapidly approaching, it means that we will soon have more “shiny new toys” to examine and rank as prospects. But what exactly makes Player A better than Player B?

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/11/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 6-4.  Dana Eveland got the start, but had a short outing, allowing two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Eveland left early due to a rain delay that lasted for just over an hour in the bottom of the second.  Jeremy Powell pitched 5.1 innings in relief, allowing two runs on two hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Brian...

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Minors Notes: Hayden Penn, Colton Cain, Jairo Marquez, Pat Irvine

Some minor league notes before today’s major league game begins… -Japanese team Chiba Lotte is trying to acquire Hayden Penn from the Pirates.  Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reported that a deal was close, although Dejan Kovacevic mentioned that there was only an inquiry.  Penn was claimed off of waivers during Spring Training, and was designated for assignment at the start of the season.  He cleared waivers...

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