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Baseball Prospectus: Marte has MLBs longest at-bat of week

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Starling Marte's 13-pitch at-bat against Bobby Parnell last Sunday was the longest of the week, according to Baseball Prospectus. It's a fun article that includes GIFs of each pitch -- showing how Marte keeps hacking violently even with two strikes.

Brad Eldred: The Next Jose Bautista

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I'm being sarcastic with the headline, of course, but the 31-year-old former Pirates' 1B prospect has 13 home runs and 35 RBI in just 20 games this season for Detroit's AAA team (Toledo). Eldred has hit safely in every game and sports a ridiculous 1.457 OPS.

Scout: "If you didn't know he was Pedro Alvarez, you'd [No Prospect] him"

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Via Baseball America (subscription only), a scout offers up some pretty grim comments about Alvarez, including this insight: "He's about 25 pounds heavier in the wrong areas, which means he has to start his hands sooner. He used to be able to wait (on pitches)." That lack of hand speed means he has trouble catching up to fastballs, which also results in issues handling off-speed pitches. Not that Pirates fans couldn't see some of this first-hand ...

Selig: International Draft is Inevitable

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In an interview with Baseball America, Bud Selig said that an international draft is inevitable and that he supports it. He did not specify a timeline, but said that the newly formed International Talent Committee met for the first time last month. There has been discussion here about whether the Pirates will move a portion of their draft budget to the international market, so it will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

Bowden: Dmitri Young will work out for Pirates next week

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Let's hope they wildly overpay for Da Meat Hook.

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What is the next inefficiency?

Exploiting inefficiencies has been all the rage the last decade, starting with Billy Beane's prioritization of OBP and continuing with Andrew Friedman's success emphasizing defense. You could...

Heyman: Brewers targeting SS Jose Reyes

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Bold, if true.

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Retiring Clemente's #21

Per Dejan Kovacevic, Roberto Clemente's family has come up with an elegant and meaningful way to honor the Pirate legend without fully retiring his number. Jackie Robinson's #42 was retired in...

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Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament

The second annual Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament is going on this week. I encourage everyone to vote for Bucs Dugout in each round. The first round is up today -- Bucs Dugout is going...

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SI Report: Pirates in on LHP Hisanori Takahashi

The Pirates are one of at least six teams interested in LHP Hisanori Takahashi, according to Jon Heyman at SI.com. The 34-year-old Takahashi is a free agent after 10 years with the Yomiuri Giants,...

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Wilson traded to Seattle

Dejan is reporting that Jack Wilson has been traded to Seattle: http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/pbc/archive/2009/07/29/pirates-trade-to.aspx No word on the return, but Dejan said details...

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Report: Pirates interested in RHP Luis Ayala

The Star-Tribune is reporting that the Pirates are interested in trading for Twins RHP Luis Ayala, who was designated for assignment this week. Ayala, 31, joined Minnesota on a 1-year, $1.3 million...

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Greg Miller: Future Pirate

Former top prospect LHP Greg Miller was released by the Dodgers today, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him end up in the Pirates organization in the near future. He has all the hallmarks of a...

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Scout praises Yates

Jayson Starks' most recent ESPN column had a nice blurb about Tyler Yates: Penmanship in Atlanta: One cardinal rule we've learned over the years is: When the Braves trade away a pitcher, never...

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Drysdale could have been a Pirate

Baseball Digest Daily found this gem, which shows a scouting report from Branch Rickey (during his short stint as a PBC executive in 1954) that touts a young Don Drysdale and urges the Pirates to...

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Marlins Sign McPherson

There have been a lot of comments in this forum about whether the Pirates should pursue 3B Dallas McPherson, a 27-year-old former Angels prospect, so I thought I'd pass along news that he signed...

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ESPN Report: Padres in talks for Bay, Morris

Buster Olney just posted this story: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3151599It says the Bucs and Padres are deep in discussions about trading Jason Bay and -- get this -- Matt Morris to...

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Torres to Brewers

Salomon Torres was just traded to the Brewers for two so-so minor league relievers, according to a story just posted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: h...

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Active Roster Dreaming

There has been lots of talk on Bucs Dugout about bad personnel decisions by Dave Littlefield, so I thought it would be interesting to put together a theoretical active roster. This consists of...

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Gammons

On ESPN tonight, Peter Gammons reported that Pirates owners are talking to lots of people in baseball and are considering "cleaning house" on the player personnel side and starting over in an...

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Elijah Dukes and the bigger issue

The Nationals are apparently trying to trade for Tampa's Elijah Dukes (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6909946). This is a typical Jim Bowden strategy -- obtaining blemished, toolsy players.D...

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