In 2004 the Hickory Crawdads were the low-A ball club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right in the middle of their ten year affiliation with the team. They were two years removed from a South Atlantic League championship and coming off an 82-54 season. The team was typical of the Pirates teams of the day, a little on the old side with no teenagers and just four twenty year olds, all of them pitchers. They were managed by former major leaguer Dave Clark who actually moved down a level in the system from the previous year. This article will see what became of that championship team six years later.

I'm going to go in alphabetical order through the whole team then sum it all up at the end. That would mean we start off with pitcher Jason Alcala who had been in the Bucs system for five seasons al...

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