Pictures from Pirate City

That’s Mitchell Fienemann.  You may remember reading about him in Dejan Kovacevic’s recap of the 2009 Bradenton Pirates season, in which DK named Fienemann his choice as the team’s top starting pitcher for the 2009 season.  Fienemann posted a 3.79 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 40.1 innings of work at the GCL level last year, thanks to an impressive 26:3 K/BB ratio.  He made six starts, the most out of any...

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Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs and Links

The voting for the first round of the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs ended today.  BUCCO Fans made an impressive run, getting all the way up to 48.4%, but it wasn’t enough.  It was kind of a bummer.  The only site with more first round votes than us was our competition (they had 642, we had 602).  Only one other site had over 500 votes, and that was Behind the Steel Curtain.  WHYGAVS and Bucs Dugout were...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 31-35

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40...

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2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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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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