All posts tagged "Rule 5 draft"

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    Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

    Throughout the year we've talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the...

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    Reviewing the 2011 Rule 5 Roster Crunch

    Marte is a must protect for the 2011 Rule 5 draft. 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...

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    What Can the Pirates Learn From Nathan Adcock?

    Adcock currently has a 2.03 ERA in 13.1 innings for the Royals. 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...

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    Could the Pirates Start Trading Prospects Soon?

    In my interview with Neal Huntington last week, I asked him whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would be open to trading prospects for major league players.  His response was: We are getting to the point in time where we're going to be a lot more open to trading our prospects. To trade a...

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    Will Josh Rodriguez Make the Roster?

    In each of the last four years, Neal Huntington has made a selection in the Rule 5 draft.  In 2008 the Pirates selected Evan Meek.  In 2009 it was Donald Veal.  In 2010 they had John Raynor.  This year the Pirates have shortstop Josh Rodriguez, selected from the Cleveland Indians.  Each year...

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    2011 Spring Training Battles: Bench

    Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don't want to decide the important spots...

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    2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Draft Recap

    The Pirates selected Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 draft was completed this morning, with the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians.  I reviewed Rodriguez earlier today right after the pick was made.  With J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett off the...

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    Pirates Select Josh Rodriguez in the Rule 5 Draft

    The Pirates selected Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  We heard from Jennifer Langosch before the draft that the Pirates were likely to take Rodriguez with the first pick....

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    2010 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

    The 2010 Rule 5 Draft is today at 9:00 AM.  The Pittsburgh Pirates own the first pick in the draft, with plenty of rumors surrounding how they could use the selection.  I will be following all of the draft news leading up to the draft, along with the draft itself.  For a...

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    Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

    Rodriguez is one of the top options available in the Rule 5 draft. Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at...

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