September Call-Ups

I’ve seen a lot of September call-up talk in the last week or two, but I wanted to wait until closer to the end of the month before I did my “what would I do” post on the topic. Before I get in to that, let me share my biggest pet peeve with September call-ups. Major league teams are allowed to expand their rosters from 25-men to 40-men in the month of September, with the players on the 40-man roster being the only...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/19/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 6-4 against Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5 with a homer.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4. -Brad Lincoln pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with a walk and three strikeouts to get his fourth win at AAA. Other Game Notes: Phil Dumatrait pitched two perfect innings in relief, with one strikeout. Jeff Sues, who was just...

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Trade Deadline: What's left?

I have to say this: with every move, I’m loving the apparent plan by Neal Huntington more and more. It’s obvious that he’s blowing up the team and starting from scratch. But there’s an actual plan. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the majority of pitchers he’s acquired are ground ball pitchers who don’t necessarily throw hard, but have good control with a good out pitch, usually a...

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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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Pirates Notebook: Back to the Futures

The MLB Futures Game is tomorrow at 2 PM EST. Pedro Alvarez and Brad Lincoln will be representing the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Alvarez batting fifth as the DH in the starting lineup of the US roster. In preparation of the Futures game tomorrow, I decided to go back over the rosters of past futures games, noting the presence of current and past Pirates, as well as some of the studs and duds from each year. 2008 Pirates: Andrew...

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