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Roberto

  • joined Mar 26, 2008
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Pitching and Defense

A number of the group have noted the need to improve starting pitching. In several posts Zogger has noted that league average pitching would be a step up. Adam Reynolds has noted the fielding...

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What do we have in the EL champions?

What do we have in the young pitchers who have just helped Altoona wrap up their EL championship? Certainly they have caught the attention of our tribe here. In wg1of5's¬†Community Prospects¬...

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What if Babe Ruth were playing RF for the Pirates?

Joe Posnanski has a great article over at Sports Illustrated. It inspired me to take a look at WAR statistics over at Fangraphs for Pirate position players and pitchers. No shocks there. Of course...

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40 Man Roster Shortstop Candidates

In reading the discussion about the 40 Man Roster for 2011 I realized that I knew little about how these gentlemen compared to one another. There seemed to be some strong opinions about their...

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Picking A Dozen Top Bullpen Prospects

Now Diego Moreno got exactly 0 votes in wg1of5's Community Prospect #11. And while white angus was upset about forgetting about Danny Moskos, it didn't seem bother too many of the rest of us. It's...

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The Pirates' payroll will have a "meaningful" increase for 2011?

Is that really possible? I can understand why Coonelly is unhappy with the Bucs performance, but I'm not sure that one could actually improve the team much via free agency or additional trades. ...

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Favorite NL Central Draft: Pittsburgh. Least Favorite: Milwaukee.

This from Bryan Smith over at Fangraphs. He tends to confirm my biases, which are that the Pirates and St. Louis both had very good drafts. Chicago's was "undeniably strange." The Cubs signed only...

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A cautionary note amid our celebration

Will McDonald over at Royals Review has written a thoughtful piece asking whether the competitive edge associated with emphasizing the draft and minors has waned. (Given that many view the...

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Uviedo

I got a chance to see a game in Manchester, NH last night, and Ron Uviedo finished up for the Fisher Cats. You can see why scouts dream on him. His fastball was electric, and his change was...

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Best defense

From Baseball America Hernandez isn't having the best year at the plate, but he showed why scouts still consider him among the best defensive outfielders in the minors. This is a commentary...

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Is d'Arnaud back?

His trials at Altoona are obvious, raising fears that he was being exposed as less than a prospect in AA. Less obvious though is that June has been a roaring success, with an on-base percentage of...

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Draft Videos

  If you want a convenient source of information and videos about prominent draft prospects, this would be a good place to start. There is also a good overview of prospects (if not a highly...

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Kevin Hart Still Beats Josh Fogg?

At the same time that I was absorbing the less-than-stellar performance of Kevin Hart in today's game, I ran across a piece by R.J. Anderson on Fangraphs. To no one's surprise,   Hart’s issue...

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Globe-Trotting

BA offers an assessment of teams' success in international signings. As you might expect, the PBC is dead last, having largely ignored international scouting for a number of years. But the new...

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On to the draft

For the most part, it would appear that the group going to Bradenton is nearly set. Obviously it is way too early to start thinking about the 2010 draft, so here we go. As you recall, the PBC will...

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Kid also plays a mean guitar and has a great voice

At least that is what The Gary says about Charlie Morton over at Rotographs. Any evidence of this musical talent? Yet another highly rated prospect who had some severe bumps along the way, Morton...

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It's far too early to tell

In case you didn't notice, the PBC traded away a few players over the last two summers. Jeff Sackman over at The Hardball Times offers an overview. The sole comment (as of this posting) notes that...

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Some Relief Numbers

There's lots of interest in who will man the bullpen next year, and one of the questions I was mulling over was who looks best on paper. I also thought it would be useful to compare these gentlemen...

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Lucky Charms versus Marshmallow Matey's

Over on Bucco Fans Tim Wilson has an interesting analysis of cheap and not cheap relief pitchers. As it appears that the Nats are going to be all over Matt Capps, this is apt to be an important...

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Less than $11 Million

It seems that the outbursts by Boras and Henry have pushed the PBC to "open" their books. DK reports that the club made less than $11 million over the last two years. In a pointy-haired boss-like...

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Winter Wonderland

A number of players are putting up interesting numbers in winter ball. Bixler is hitting for average and power in the Mexican League, but striking out as much as ever. Luis Cruz is hitting for...

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Some people can take up to six months to heal

Here's an interesting piece from The Hardball Times that discusses Doumit's injury and season. Overall, however, 2009 simply stunk for Doumit. His .268 BABIP and .164 ISO were the lowest since 2006...

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Can Alvarez Stay at Third?

The answer seems to be yes, at least for now. Your initial impression that someone that big could not manage third apparently needs to be tempered by the realization that he's got soft hands and a...

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Pirates have one of the better groups of Venezuelan talent

So says Ben Badler over at BA. A quick look will tell you why he says that. Jorge Bishop and Exicardo Cayonez are not the only players whose numbers jump out at you. Roberto Espinoza and Oscar...

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"Definitely a system that has taken a pretty big step forward"

John Sicklels' s review of his pre-season top 20 Bucs prospects is up. As he, notes, the 2010 list will look very different, given the last two drafts and the mid-season trades.  Just looking at...

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Ohlendorf makes his case

With another nifty turn today, 5 hits in 6 shutout innings pitched with no walks and 3 strikeouts, Ross Ohlendorf is further nailing down his slot in the starting rotation. It all makes you not...

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BA's Top Prospect List

Baseball America has just posted its top prospect list for the PBC. None of the names are new or unexpected, but what strikes me is that there's some depth here. For example, Daniel McCutchen is...

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I did not see this coming

Over at Baseball America, Jim Callis responded to the query, "Who do you think are the 10 best prospects in the National League?" No shock, Number 1 was David Price. With some chagrin I noted that...

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Never Mind

So, it appears that all our efforts to work out a deal with the Braves were beside the point. Furcal is staying with the Dodgers. The other thing that we might all want to pay less attention to is...

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Chris Bootcheck

The P-G reports that the PBC signed Chris Bootcheck. If you look at his numbers with the Angels, you would probably conclude that NH had lost his mind. A 10.13 ERA in 10 appearances does not...

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