Prospect Watch: One Big Inning Sinks Indianapolis
Apr20

Prospect Watch: One Big Inning Sinks Indianapolis

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and...

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Chris Stewart Activated From the Disabled List, Tony Sanchez Optioned
Apr19

Chris Stewart Activated From the Disabled List, Tony Sanchez Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned Tony Sanchez to Triple-A. The move was expected, once Stewart returned from his knee injury, which he suffered during Spring Training. I broke down the reasons for sending down Sanchez for Stewart about two weeks...

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Chris Stewart’s Rehab Moved to Indianapolis
Apr11

Chris Stewart’s Rehab Moved to Indianapolis

Chris Stewart has had his rehab work moved to Indianapolis, per an Indianapolis press release. The catcher had previously been rehabbing in Bradenton, recently catching seven innings in Bradenton on Wednesday. I’m not sure what the schedule is for rehab for a catcher. For position players, the Pirates usually prefer two five inning games, two seven inning games, and two nine inning games. If that’s the case with Stewart,...

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Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate
Apr07

Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate

Yesterday there were two events that took place which will raise controversy in the next week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the minor league level, Chris Stewart started his rehab work, catching five innings for the Bradenton Marauders. At the Major League level, Tony Sanchez delivered the winning hit against the St. Louis Cardinals — a two out, RBI double in the bottom of the 7th inning. It was the second game winner in the...

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The Pirates Have a Bench That Can’t Hit Right-Handers
Mar30

The Pirates Have a Bench That Can’t Hit Right-Handers

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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