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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Where Do the New Picks Rank in the System?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to sign a draft pick, and no individual signing is guaranteed.  That’s not stopping us from projecting where the 2011 draft picks would rank with the current top ten prospects.  Each Pirates Prospects writer got together a mid-season list, and figured out where the new picks would fit in.  Obviously this is on a “if they all sign, this is where we’d rank them” hypothetical...

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What Can the Pirates Learn From Nathan Adcock?

Yesterday I started working on an article talking about how I’m still not sold that Nathan Adcock is completely lost.  As you may know, a player isn’t officially lost in the Rule 5 draft until he has spent an entire season on a major league 25-man roster.  From the time Adcock was selected back in December, it seemed like a long shot that the Kansas City Royals would be able to keep him.  Prior to this year, he has yet to...

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Pirates Prospects on 93.7 The Fan on Saturday Morning

Kevin Creagh will be on 93.7 The Fan on Saturday morning at 9:40 for Vinnie Richichi’s “Bucco Talk” show. He will be discussing Rudy Owens, the potential draft pick Anthony Rendon, and the season’s early breakout players.

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When Should Rudy Owens Get the Call?

Last week Rudy Owens made his minor league debut, shortly after Ross Ohlendorf was placed on the disabled list.  Owens started off strong, pitching seven innings, and allowing one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  At the time, the Pirates were deciding between Jeff Karstens, Brian Burres, and Brad Lincoln to replace Ohlendorf in the rotation.  Charlie at Bucs Dugout suggested at the time that Owens should have...

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