Positional Breakdowns: Catcher

The catching position is one of the few positions the Pittsburgh Pirates have that is set near the majors, and short on talent in the lower levels. Of course, that’s a problem a lot of teams wouldn’t mind having. Ryan Doumit leads the way as the starter, with Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz serving as backups. Jaramillo and Diaz showed their ability to handle the catching position in the majors this year by filling in...

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Looking back at the smaller trades

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made no shortage of deals in the two years Neal Huntington has been the General Manager of the team. In those two years, many of the deals have involved major players, like Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, and Freddy Sanchez. The returns have brought back top prospects like Andy LaRoche, Jose Tabata, and Tim Alderson. There have also been several minor deals made by the Pirates which haven’t sent away a major...

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2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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Pirates Promote Five

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted five players following the final game of Indianapolis’ season today. Those players are Robinzon Diaz, Brian Bixler, Jeff Karstens, Donald Veal, and Eric Hacker. Diaz and Bixler had both been up at times this year, and both will return as utility players. An interesting note on Diaz: he has been playing as a utility player since going back down to AAA on July 10th. Diaz played games at first base,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/7/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 4-2 against Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5. -Argenis Diaz entered as a defensive replacement. Other Game Notes: Brian Bixler went 2 for 5. Robinzon Diaz went 2 for 2 playing in right field. Eric Hacker pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. All three were called up to the Pirates after...

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