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Cole to be promoted to AA June 20th


Seems good -- it's amazing what hitting 92 with a slider will do for someone's career.

Tech-savy Players Use iPad to Get Ahead


Our very own Matt Diaz is referenced, who, based on performance, is probably using an iPad jailbroken to run against Windows 3.1x.

"The Pirates are evaluating Josh Willingham, as possible trade target, and they've been in contact...


"The Pirates are evaluating Josh Willingham, as possible trade target, and they've been in contact with Oakland."

Buster Olney

EJ Banks transfers to Pitt; Sacco leaves the team

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/pitt/s_746288.html Just a little footnote on at the bottom of the page, in an article about Archie Manning teaching Tino Sunseri how...


A Modest Trade Proposal

It is a melancholy object to those who browse through this great web-log, when they see the Fan Posts, the Fan Shots, even the front page, crowded with posters of a recent join date, authoring...

Josh Harrison optioned -- D'Arnaud expected to replace him


Via Bucsinsider's twitter: #Pirates option INF Josh Harrison to Triple-A...Infielder Chase d'Arnaud is expected to join the big league team on Friday.

Harper, Rendon, Taillon. Still would take Rendon No. 1 this yr.


Harper, Rendon, Taillon. Still would take Rendon No. 1 this yr.

Per Jim Callis' Twitter

Pirates Promote Matt Curry To Altoona


What an aggressive push. I hope he's up for the challenge. UPDATE by Charlie: I'm not sure I understand leaving Curry at West Virginia for so long to beat up on the competition there, then having him skip the Florida State League. Also, I don't really agree with Tim's contention that Aaron Baker blocked Curry in Bradenton. Baker isn't much of a prospect, first of all, and if the Pirates thought Curry could handle the pitchers in Bradenton, they easily could have had him and Baker split time at first base and DH. The Pirates aren't usually nearly this aggressive, though, so I assume they had good reasons for doing it this way. UPDATE 11:30 AM by Charlie: Also, Miles Durham, Eric Fryer and Shelby Ford will move up to Indianapolis, while Greg Picart and Travis Scott will head to Altoona. This mostly just looks like fallout from the promotion of Josh Harrison and the likely promotion of Dusty Brown. With the possible exception of Fryer, none of these guys are prospects. UPDATE 5:23 PM by Charlie: Tim responds in the comments. When I talked to Kyle Stark at the start of the year, he mentioned that they wanted to get both players [Curry and Baker] regular playing time at 1B. That’s why Curry started off in low-A, with Baker in high-A. The goal was to get Baker up to AA by the end of the year. Since they wanted both players getting regular time at first base, having both of them on the Bradenton roster wasn’t an option. Also, Baker has been struggling in May (.219/.296/.385), so he doesn’t really look like a guy who is ready to move up to AA. The comment wasn’t really the typical 'this guy is blocked by a better player' comment. It’s more of a 'Curry is blocked because the Pirates want Baker at first base, and Baker is not ready to move up to create space for Curry in high-A.'

Pirates Sign Five International Free Agents


From Pirates Prospects. RHP Adolfo Flores RHP Juan Mendoza SS/2B/OF Edgard Munoz OF Anthony Claudi OF Keybel Escobar Mendoza is 25, so I'm curious if he skips the DSL/VSL all together and pitches in State College.

Local kid starts 'ballhawking' charity, will donate to Children's Institue


I know the kid (Zac Weiss) through Facebook only: he was one of the folks that enjoyed my libeling of those with low intelligence on the Facebook fan page before I got banned for calling somebody 'an incurable version of stupid', albeit in a more pejorative way. Regardless, it's neat that the kid is getting recognized.

Baseball America's Top Prospects 10 Years Later


I came across this link while googling Vogelsong and his status as a top prospect -- looks like he was top five on the Giants that featured such studs as Lance Neikro above him. It's kind of old, but still interesting and worth a look.


Graham, Pitt near deal

Reader ryebr3ad comments: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6008394 Honestly, I'm not too upset about this deal.  I was a ringer for Bradley, since it seemed like better football people...


Neil Walker And Pedro Alvarez: A Tale Of Two Third Basemen

Recently, I wrote about accountability - specifically, the apparent lack of it - and how management doesn't deserve all the blame it gets for the way it handles its players. One of the scenarios I...


Do You Want 'Accountability' Or Don't You?

"Accountability" -- the big buzzword thrown around by the masses with regard to the Pirates all of last season, no? Sure, accountability is an important part of any successful organization; if you...


Indians info

Hello.  I am a Pirates fan at heart, but gathered an interest to learn about the 29 other teams in the majors.  Could fans here possibly tell me a bit about the Indians, such as: current top...


White Sox history

Greetings! As summer quickly approaches, I learned that I know nothing about other baseball teams outside of my Pittsburgh Pirates, therefore I decided to nullify that ignorance.  Could folks here...


Stadium atmosphere

So, I was able to attend the game tonight; it was sort of a last minute decision to make it to the field since the weather was terrible.  I finally convinced my girlfriend to make the trip down at...


Zach Duke

The more I look at Zach Duke's stats, the more I'm convinced this season is a statistical anomaly.  Ever since his terrible 2007 year, he has been steadily improving his statistics.  I'll post some...

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