Should Tony Watson Be Protected?

There are several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects who are eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The following players are eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the first time this December: Nathan Adcock Gabriel Alvarado Maurice Bankston Tom Boleska Jesus Brito Brian Friday Eric Fryer Brandon Holden Erik Huber Ryan Kelly Noah Krol Jeff Locke Jairo Marquez Starling Marte Austin McClune Kyle McPherson Miguel Mendez Diego Moreno Danny Moskos...

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Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while.  What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few...

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Out of Nowhere – Sleeper Prospects

Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when Huntington took over, a tendency made a good deal easier by the fact that so few of those players have performed well.  This year, however,...

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Four Run 5th Inning Too Much For Altoona

Last night the Altoona Curve got a great start from Rudy Owens, but ended up losing a low scoring game thanks to a few bad breaks.  The first three innings of tonight’s game looked like a repeat of last night, with Altoona starter Tony Watson getting off to a strong start.  Watson retired the first nine batters he faced, with four strikeouts, and only one ball leaving the infield, a shallow pop out to left field. Altoona got on...

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Altoona at Richmond Lineups

Lineups: Altoona Curve: 1. Chase d’Arnaud, SS 2. Josh Harrison, 3B 3. Brandon Jones, RF 4. Matt Hague, 1B 5. Hector Gimenez, C 6. Miles Durham, CF 7. Yung-Chi Chen, LF 8. Jose de los Santos, 2B 9. Tony Watson, P Richmond Flying Squirrels: 1. Darren Ford, CF 2. Ryan Lormand, SS 3. Thomas Neal, RF 4. Brandon Belt, LF 5. Conor Gillaspie, 3B 6. Sharlon Schoop, 1B 7. Tyler La Torre, C 8. Brad Boyer, 2B 9. Mike MacDonald, P -Jordy...

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