2010 VSL Pirates Preview

The Venezuelan Summer League Pirates were one of the best stories in the Pirates organization during the 2009 season.  The VSL Pirates finished with the best record in the league, going 48-22, but losing in the championship 2 games to 1 to the VSL Rays. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the VSL, here is a quick rundown of the league rules and set-up: -Only 7 teams in the league (Pirates, Mariners, Cardinals, Tigers,...

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The 2009 VSL Pirates Season Recap

Before this season I hadn’t paid much attention to the Venezuelan Summer League (VSL), mostly because following international prospects was of no interest to me. I’m not saying that international prospects are pointless. I am saying that following international prospects in the Pirates’ system has been like a stock broker reading reviews on the acting jobs of daytime television stars: in the end you’re not...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/17/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 7-3 against Pawtucket. Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 3 for 4 with a run, two RBIs, and a walk. Brian Bixler went 0 for 3 with two walks and two stolen bases. Robinzon Diaz went 1 for 2 with two walks. Tom Gorzelanny got the start, allowing one run on four hits over six innings, with six strikeouts and three walks. AA The Result: Altoona...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/6/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis got creamed 15-1 by Louisville. -Brad Lincoln made the start, going five innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. Lincoln struck out seven and walked three, with one homer. Lincoln started off with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP at AA in his first four starts before posting a 1.20 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP the rest of his time in Altoona. Other Game...

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