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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Lynchburg Hillcats Championship Game Video Recap

Check out my recap of the game here. This recap includes: -Jeff Locke, innings 1-2-Mike Colla innings 2-5-Matt McSwain inning 6-Ramon Aguero innings 7-9-Ronald Uviedo inning 9-All five at-bats by Jordy Mercer-Tony Sanchez, Josh Harrison, Chase d’Arnaud, and Mercer in the second-The post game awards Watch for: -Nice play by Jose de los Santos (Mike Colla 4th batter)-Nice play by Alex Presley (Matt McSwain 5th batter)-Tony Sanchez...

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Lynchburg Hillcats 9/15 Video Recap

Check out my recap of the game here. This recap includes: -Rudy Owens, innings 1-7-Noah Krol innings 7-8-Ronald Uviedo inning 9-Chase d’Arnaud’s two RBI double in the fifth-The eighth inning by the Hillcats offense-The team celebrating after Jose de los Santos’ HR Watch for: -Nice play by Alex Presley (Rudy Owens 4th batter)-Nice breaking balls by Owens following the HR (batters 10 and 11)-Tony Sanchez plunking a...

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