Spring Training Begins

Pitchers and catchers officially reported today, and we already have some updates from this morning. -The official Pirates Twitter account reports that Akinori Iwamura has arrived at Pirate City. -Rob Biertempfel reports that Jose Tabata didn’t have any visa issues, and is already in camp. -Biertempfel also reported that Neil Walker caught Zach Duke’s quick session this morning.  Biertempfel mentioned in his post at...

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Top Prospects

UPDATE 10:01 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Baseball America ranks the Pirates as the 16th best farm system in their prospect handbook. – A lot of top prospect lists are coming out this week.  Here’s a look at some of the notable lists: -Keith Law has his top 100, ranking Pedro Alvarez 35th, Jose Tabata 57th, and Tony Sanchez 82nd.  Law has never been a fan of Alvarez.  Law also listed Brad Lincoln as one...

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2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Catchers

The 2009 Rule 5 Draft will be held at the Winter Meetings on December 10th, 2009.  The Pirates have taken a player in the Rule 5 draft in each of the last two seasons, selecting Evan Meek in 2008, and Donald Veal in 2009.  Meek is now one of the top relief options in the Pirates’ bullpen, while Veal looked very promising in the 2009 Arizona Fall League after a year of work with Joe Kerrigan. With the Pirates expected...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 5 – Tony Sanchez

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40 31-35 30 – Brian Friday 29 – Aaron Pribanic 28 – Evan Chambers 27 – Brock Holt 26 –...

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Tony Sanchez Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Tony Sanchez in the first round of the 2009 draft, surprising everyone by taking Sanchez much higher than he was projected to go by national draft gurus.  The Pirates insisted Sanchez was the top player on their draft board at the time, and that statement started to gain some credibility after Sanchez immediately signed. Sanchez started his career with West Virginia by hitting for a .316/.415/.581...

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