Home Runs Are Overrated

Ask a number of Pittsburgh Pirates fans what the biggest off-season need on this team is, and after they mention pitching, they’ll probably say a power hitting first baseman or right fielder. Ask those same Pirates fans what they think of a future outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, and Starling Marte, and I’m betting a good majority will say the trio lacks power. Ask why Matt Hague isn’t a candidate to take...

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2010 Position Recap: Right Field

So far I’ve reviewed the center field and left field positions, which are held down in the long term by Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata.  Right field is a different story, with question marks in the short term, and no guaranteed options in the long term. The Pirates started the season in pretty much the same way they ended it: plenty of options for right field, but none that have stepped up to take the job.  Garrett Jones...

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Baseball America top 20 lists

As you may have already seen, Baseball America has been unveiling Top 20 prospects list for each of the minor leagues in recent weeks. After revealing the International League today, they have covered each of the leagues that include Pirates affiliates. Let’s see how the Bucs fared overall.

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Starling Marte and Tony Sanchez to Start 2011 in Altoona

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to start Starling Marte in Altoona at the beginning of the 2011 season.  Biertempfel also reports that Tony Sanchez should start in Altoona next season, as long as he doesn’t regress in his recovery from a broken jaw. Both Marte and Sanchez saw their seasons cut short due to injuries.  Marte hit for a .315/.386/.432 line in 222 at-bats, but missed a big chunk of...

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Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while.  What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few...

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