Pirates Notebook: Nate McLouth Part 2?

Two years ago I wasn’t sold at all on Nate McLouth. From what I could tell there were two camps: one which felt McLouth could be a solid everyday player that should be in the lineup, and another that felt McLouth had some power, but couldn’t hit for average to warrant everyday playing time. I wasn’t sold on his average, which was .249 in his first three seasons, although I did want him playing over guys like Jeromy...

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Pirates Notebook: Big Weekend for the Pirates

According to Chuck Finder of the PPG, two Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks will be in town this weekend for what amounts to a “recruiting visit”. Those players are sixth round pick Zach Von Rosenberg, and eighth round pick Billy Cain. Both pitchers are high school players with college commitments. ZVR is committed to LSU, who recently won a National Championship. Cain is committed to Texas, the team that LSU beat to win the...

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Pirates Notebook: Jose being Jose

The Pittsburgh Pirates may have a losing record so far this season, but overall, it’s been a nice year for the future of the organization. That was especially evident tonight. Brad Lincoln made a very nice start in his debut at AAA. Pedro Alvarez hit his first homer at AA, carrying over the power we saw in Lynchburg. And in the majors, Andrew McCutchen continues living up to his top prospect hype. I got to thinking about a few...

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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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