Positional Breakdowns: Outfield

The outfield position is one of few positions in the Pirates system where there is a good amount of depth. At the beginning of the season the Pirates had an outfield of Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, and Brandon Moss, with Andrew McCutchen in the wings, ready for a call-up. That call came in June, after the trade which sent Nate McLouth to Atlanta. Nyjer Morgan was traded at the end of June for Lastings Milledge, and while waiting for...

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2008 Draft Picks: The First Full Year

The 2008 draft marked the first draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates under Neal Huntington. Right from the start it represented a major change, with the Pirates selecting Pedro Alvarez with the number two pick in the draft. The selection would normally be considered a no-brainer, but for a team that selected Bryan Bullington over B.J. Upton, and Daniel Moskos over Matt Wieters, pretty much every Pirates fan was skeptical about whether the...

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The 2009 GCL Pirates Season Recap

The Gulf Coast League is the start of the development process for most draft prospects. It is a 16 team league, and one of two rookie leagues above the VSL, DSL, and ASL. In the case of the Pirates, the GCL games are played in the Pirates’ Spring Training complex in Bradenton, with the bulk of the players coming from the VSL, DSL, and the draft. The main focus of the league isn’t so much on winning, but instruction and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/26/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Wes Freeman hit two homers in the span of four games at the start of this month. From August 11th, the day after he hit the second homer, to tonight’s game he went 6 for 33 (.182) with 20 of his 27 outs coming via strikeout. This includes a six game stretch where he went 0 for 18 with 13 strikeouts. Freeman, taken in the 16th round last year, is a five tool prospect, although his abilities are...

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Pirates Notebook: The value of signing early

If you’ve been checking out the daily prospect watch articles, you would notice that two Pirates 2008 draft picks have really been tearing it up lately. First round pick Pedro Alvarez has gotten off to a hot start at AA, hitting for a .333 average, a .981 OPS, and an 18.30 AB/HR ratio in 183 at-bats. Since the start of July, Alvarez is hitting .367, with a 1.046 OPS, and a 19.75 AB/HR ratio in 158 at-bats. Alvarez was hitting...

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