2010 Arizona Fall League Preview

The minor league season may be wrapping up for the Pirates Prospects, but that doesn’t mean the prospects are done for the year. Up next is winter ball, with the most notable league being the Arizona Fall League.  The Arizona Fall League runs each year starting in early October, with this year’s competition starting on October 12th. The league is comprised of six teams: the Grand Canyon Rafters, the Mesa Solar Sox, the...

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Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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2010 Trade Deadline Recap

The 2010 trade deadline was kind of surreal.  In previous years, I would check MLB Trade Rumors several times a day, always trying to keep up with the latest rumors on where Pittsburgh Pirates players could end up.  This year there was very little trade talk, to the point where I went days without even going to the site at all.  Part of that was because the Pirates had traded so much away last year, but another part was that they...

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Notes: Milledge, Church, Russell, Kratz, Heredia, Penn, Moreno

Catching up on the weekend notes… -The platoon is over between Lastings Milledge and Ryan Church.  I posted about a week ago that Church shouldn’t be stealing playing time from Milledge.  I’m glad to see that platoon is over. -Also in that link above, Tony Sanchez could return this season, but no more than a week or two, and Jeff Inman has been shut down with elbow discomfort. -The heat is on John Russell....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects

The 2010 season has been rough for the Pirates’ farm system, and it really shows in the updated top 30.  Gone are top prospects like Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln.  Three of my mid-season top 10 prospects have suffered major injuries, causing them to miss a lot of development time this year.  Three pre-season top 10 prospects have really struggled at the AA level this year.  The system is probably without a Grade...

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