The Worst Part of the Off-Season

This is the part of the off-season that I hate the most.  At the end of November we’ve got the new additions to the 40-man roster.  In December there’s the always busy winter meetings, and the bulk of the free agent activity.  Then January rolls around and we get the final moves, and at this point the majority of the moves being made will be low key. The worst part of this time of year is that we’re close enough to...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/31/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost to Norfolk 3-2 in 11 innings.  Brian Burres pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, with four walks and two strikeouts.  Corey Hamman pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Jean Machi tried for the two out save, but blew it in the ninth, allowing an unearned run.  Machi finished with two innings, one unearned run on one hit, two walks,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Charlotte 8-5.  Jeremy Powell pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with no walks and no strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout for the save. Jeff Clement went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Kevin Melillo went 2-for-4 with a double,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 4-3.  Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect inning in relief, followed by a perfect inning from Jean Machi for the save. Jonathan Van Every went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBIs....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/12/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off for the International League All-Star break. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona was suspended in the fourth inning.  Tim Alderson ran in to trouble in the first three innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Alderson was optioned to Bradenton after the game.  Dustin Molleken pitched a perfect fourth inning with a strikeout. Shelby...

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