Pirates Notebook: The 2011 Core?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a nice situation right now in Altoona. Their top three hitting prospects (I’m not including McCutchen in that statement, just the minor league guys) are all playing for the same team. The other day I pointed out how Gorkys Hernandez has been much better since Jose Tabata returned from his injury. Gorkys is batting .381/.435/.476 in that short time period, with a hit in five out of six games. My theory...

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Pirates Notebook: LaRoche Trade Coming Soon?

The promotion of Steve Pearce brings up a lot of speculation about a possible Adam LaRoche trade. It’s to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised to see LaRoche traded tomorrow. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, so please don’t start any trade rumors quoting me here. That being said, let’s review the current situation: -We know that LaRoche has been mentioned in trade talks (San Francisco is...

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Pirates Notebook: Glad We Passed On Scheppers

When I was tracking draft prospects for the 2009 draft, I threw Tanner Scheppers in just for the heck of it. There was a lot of talk about how he could go as high as number two, and every Pirates fan was thinking “too bad we didn’t sign him last year”. I would be included in that list, but that doesn’t mean I wanted Scheppers this year. In fact, I would have rather had the guys we took in the second round,...

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Pirates Notebook: Delwyn is not an upgrade over Moss

When the Pirates acquired Delwyn Young from the Dodgers, the thought was that Young would be given work at second base, to eventually take over as the replacement for Freddy Sanchez. The latest talk on Young is that he should step in to the lineup right now. The difference is that, rather than stepping in at second, most people want him stepping in for Brandon Moss in right field. Moss started the season hitting for a .203 average in...

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