Winter Leagues 11/11– Cedeno Joins In

Checking in with a few Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league play :   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  9,  Tiburones de La Guaira  4 SS Ronny Cedeno went 1-for-3 for Los Tigres in his winter league season debut.  Los Tigres roared loudly in the first four innings, especially in the 5-run 3rd inning.  After a lead-off double in the bottom of the 1st, Cedeno was hit by a pitch, and a single loaded...

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Pirates Notebook: Glad We Passed On Scheppers

When I was tracking draft prospects for the 2009 draft, I threw Tanner Scheppers in just for the heck of it. There was a lot of talk about how he could go as high as number two, and every Pirates fan was thinking “too bad we didn’t sign him last year”. I would be included in that list, but that doesn’t mean I wanted Scheppers this year. In fact, I would have rather had the guys we took in the second round,...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Preview

Check Back Later Today for the B.U.C.C.O. Fans.com 2009 MLB Draft Live Blog Nothing is more important to a baseball team’s success than the MLB Draft. Imagine how the 2008 Phillies would have been if they hadn’t drafted Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and Jimmy Rollins. Think about where the Brewers would be if they didn’t select Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, JJ Hardy, Yovani Gallardo, and Corey Hart. Even the...

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Pirates Notebook: No question where this team stands

A lot of the complaints I read from the Pirates players following the Nate McLouth trade expressed anger over the notion that the front office was giving up on them while they were just six and a half games out of first place. If there’s one point of evidence that can refute the line of thinking that says we had a shot with Nate McLouth on the team, then here it is: Player A: 6.64 ERA in 42 innings pitched Player B: 0.90 ERA in...

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Pirates Notebook: Too early to give up on Snell

After his recent outing against the Cubs, which yielded six runs in five innings, and raised his ERA to 5.43 on the season, Pirates fans are calling for Ian Snell’s head. Snell, who makes $3.2 M this season, ranking him as the second highest paid starter in the rotation, now has the worst ERA amongst Pirates’ starters, and by far the worst WHIP at 1.585. Considering that he’s following up a season where he had a 5.42...

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