Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 Rule 5 Eligible Players

With the 40-man roster now set, the following Pittsburgh Pirates players are eligible for the 2009 Rule 5 draft, straight from the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki page: Eligible from Previous Drafts Jean Machi Erik Kratz Kyle Bloom Derek Hankins Moises Robles Jeff Corsaletti Ciro Rosero Rafael De Los Santos Adenson Chourio Bradley Clapp Justin Thomas Jeff Karstens Eligible for the first time in 2009 Michael Crotta Michael Dubee Jared Hughes Miles...

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Upcoming 40-Man Roster Decisions

This week should be a very active week as far as roster moves go. Taking a look at the calendar on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki site, we see that Friday November 20th marks two important periods: the deadline for 40-man rosters to be set, and the start of free agency. I don’t expect the Pirates to be overly active on the latter front, but they have a lot of moves to make in order to set the 40-man rosters. The Pirates currently have...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 31-35

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40...

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Positional Breakdowns: Second Base

The trade of Freddy Sanchez to the Giants had two big impacts to the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The trade brought back top pitching prospect Tim Alderson, but at the same time it created a big hole at second base for the Pirates, with no reliable options ready to step in for the next year or two. The 2009 Season Freddy Sanchez was great in his time with the Pirates. Under Perry Hill, Sanchez improved his defensive skills. On offense...

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Looking back at the Freddy Sanchez Trade

I wasn’t for the idea of trading Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson this past season. There were two reasons for this. The first reason was that the Pirates didn’t have any replacements ready in the upper levels of their minor league system to take over for Sanchez and Wilson. The other reason was that I didn’t think the Pirates would get much of a return for either player. All along we had heard about how Sanchez and...

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