The 2011 Indianapolis Rotation

A few weeks ago I looked at the projected 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, noting that there could be a roster crunch, one which could leave prospects like Chase D’Arnaud and/or Jordy Mercer back in AA to start the 2011 season.  The same situation is starting to form with the 2011 rotation in Indianapolis.  Four of the top prospects in the farm system pitched in the Altoona rotation in 2010, and all four are expected to make...

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What Do the Pirates Have in Their 2011 Rotation?

Yesterday I looked at the average production around the majors from each spot in the rotation.  To recap, the numbers from each spot: League Average #1: 3.10 ERA #2: 3.61 ERA #3: 4.15 ERA #4: 4.62 ERA #5: 5.69 ERA Average of the Top 15 Rotations #1: 2.84 ERA #2: 3.31 ERA #3: 3.73 ERA #4: 4.20 ERA #5: 5.41 ERA Average of the Bottom 15 Rotations #1: 3.37 ERA #2: 3.91 ERA #3: 4.56 ERA #4: 5.03 ERA #5: 5.97 ERA Range for Each Spot #1:...

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The Off-Season Additions and the Prospects in the Wings

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 2011 off-season with holes at first base, right field, shortstop, and the starting rotation.  So far they have added Lyle Overbay to fill the first base role, Matt Diaz to platoon with Garrett Jones in right field, missed out on a few shortstops, and signed Kevin Correia for the rotation, while adding Scott Olsen as an option for the fifth starter role. It seems that two things are certain when it...

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Preview of the 2011 Prospect Guide

Today I will be putting the finishing touches on the prospect reports for the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide.  There are a few things to do after that, but I’m expecting to have the book completed by the end of the week.  Once the book is completed, it will go through the final editing stages, and once that is completed it will be ready to ship.  My goal is to start shipping by the second or third week in January, so that...

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Rudy Owens, Diego Moreno Not Rule 5 Eligible

Jennifer Langosch reports today that, contrary to previous belief, Rudy Owens and Diego Moreno are not eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  Langosch explains the reasons in full, and as a summary: -Owens was drafted in 2006, when he was 18, but didn’t sign his contract until May 30, 2007, when he was 19.  The Rule 5 date is June 5th of the year the player was drafted or signed, meaning Owens was considered an 18 year old for...

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