Rudy Owens and Tony Sanchez are top SAL prospects

Baseball America released their South Atlantic League top 20 prospects from the 2009 season today. That covers the league that the Pittsburgh Pirates’ class A affiliate, the West Virginia Power, was in. Two Pirates prospects made the top 20 list from the 2009 season: Rudy Owens and Tony Sanchez. Owens ranked 11th on the list after dominating the SAL in the first part of the season. Owens posted a 1.70 ERA and an 0.85 WHIP in...

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What Pirates prospects are above average?

Baseball America released a list of minor league averages today, which is an excellent reference to check out if you want to put a minor leaguer’s stats in to perspective. Basically the list has the average stats for each league, along with the average age for the players at each level. The stats are very telling about the leagues. For example, the average batting average in the PCL is ten points higher than in the International...

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2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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2009 Lynchburg Hillcats Season Recap

If there is any minor league team I’ve given a ton of coverage to this season, it’s been Lynchburg. There are two reasons for this. First, I live near Lynchburg. Second, the Hillcats have been one of the most important teams in our system this year. The Cats started the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect, Pedro Alvarez, along with some other top draft picks from the 2008 draft, like Jordy Mercer, Justin...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Interviews

The complete archive of Pirates Prospects interviews by Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Pirates Personnel Neal Huntington/Frank Coonelly Frank Coonelly Jim Benedict Part One Part Two Neal Huntington Part One Part Two Jeff Johnson Current Pirates Players Matt Benedict Victor Black Evan Chambers Tyler Cox Matt Curry Chase d’Arnaud Kawika Emsley-Pai Matt Hague Brock Holt Phillip Irwin Mike Jefferson Nick Kingham Chris Lashmet Brian...

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