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Old 07-24-2009, 04:59 PM   #501
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Morton played well for the first 5 innings, and then poof! 3 runs...damn

History says that the Pirates wont spend money, but this isnt McClatchy/Littlefield, its Nutting/Huntington, so it COULD change, im hoping it will.

Doumit has an elite bat, its rare that you find a catcher with a bat like Doumit. Last player I could think of, that had power, and played catcher was Mike Piazza.
Joe Mauer.....Brian McCann?
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Joe Mauer.....Brian McCann?
Joe Mauer just recently started to hit home runs consistantly with some power, but with the exception of this year...no.

Brian McCann, I could agree with, since he does hit really well.
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Pirates are in desperate need for some pitching. Not necessairly at the MLB level but in the minors.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There are impressive debuts, then there is what Hunter Strickland did in front of a crowd of 1,296 at Appalachian Power Park on Monday night.

The 20-year-old prospect from Zebulon, Ga., who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox as part of a deal for Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche on July 22, wasted little time making the deal look justified as he stayed perfect through the first 41/3 innings and didn't give up a hit in six innings of work. He combined with reliever Diego Moreno on the first no-hitter in West Virginia Power history in a 4-0 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs.

It was the fourth straight win for the suddenly streaking Power (16-13).

"Going out there and finding a rhythm, that's basically it," said Strickland. "Charleston is a great team, but I just found a rhythm today and just kind of stuck with it and came out with success."

Strickland (6-4) impressed everyone, especially his new manager.

"Wow, what can you say," said Power manager Gary Green. "[Strickland] pounded the strike zone, he was down, he worked both sides of the plate and threw a good changeup. It was pretty impressive."

Strickland mixed a devastating changeup while sporting precision accuracy with the fastball, to baffle the Charleston bats.

"That's the reports we got on him," said Green of Strickland. "He pounded the strike zone with his fastball down, he could go to both sides of the plate, and he had a pretty good changeup and, boy, that's what we saw tonight. That's a pretty good debut."

Strickland wasn't exactly a stranger to South Atlantic League baseball coming into Monday night's game. The right-hander was 5-4 for the Greenville Curve, including a victory in a June 20 contest against the Lexington Legends, which clinched the Southern Division first-half title.

The newest Power pitcher has also enjoyed success against Charleston. On May 28, Strickland gave up just one hit in five innings in a no-decision for Greenville against the RiverDogs, and earned a victory on June 30 after giving up five hits and three runs in five innings.

But so far, he has found the transition to West Virginia fairly easy.

"The guys welcomed me the first day I got here," said Strickland. "It's been home ever since."

And as for his sparkling debut?
"I didn't really think about it," said Strickland of the no-hitter. "I just kept going out there and battling, and then we had a little bit of luck. So it worked out good."

He finished Monday's game with five punchouts and was just a Jeremy Farrell error at third base and a hit batsman away from being flawless in his first start for West Virginia.

The performance of flame-throwing Moreno may have been just as impressive as that of his teammate. Moreno entered the game to start the seventh inning and tossed three perfect frames, ringing up three strikeouts en route to preserving history for the Power. The reliever picked up his fourth save, and dropped his season ERA to 1.80.

"They both threw it well," said Green. "He pounded the strike zone, too, throwing 94 or 95 [miles per hour] most of the night. But the most important thing was both were able to command their fastball tonight."

As for West Virginia's offense, which was held hitless through the first two innings, it was finally able to lend Strickland support in the bottom of the third.

Danny Bomback worked a rare walk off RiverDogs starter Trent Lare (3-3) to lead off the inning (Lare entered the game with 38 strikeouts and only three walks), followed by a Josue Peley single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt by Adenson Chourio, Starling Marte ripped a liner over leftfielder Taylor Grote, driving in both runs. Marte later advanced to third and scored on two wild pitches.

"We got the ball up a little bit, the big thing was Chourio getting the bunt down, number one," said Green. "We got a couple guys on base, he gets the bunt down to get the runners over, and then [Lare] makes a mistake to Marte and Marte hits it for a double. [Lare] didn't give up much, either."

Despite the uncharacteristically rocky third inning, Lare was who came into the game sporting a gaudy 1.07 ERA and was holding opposing hitters to a .164 batting average, was sharp through the rest of his night. Lare (3-3) went 62/3 innings while giving up three runs on three hits and two walks and striking out eight.

Making the performances of Strickland and Moreno even more impressive is the fact that they were facing arguably the toughest hitting lineup in the league. Charleston (13-18) came into the game with 915 hits on the season, tops in the Sally League. But the 'Dogs had been extremely hot lately, averaging eight runs and 15 hits per game during the first five games of their current road trip.

"It's even more impressive against a team like that," said Green. "It was good pitching and defense. That's how the game should be played."

The teams will continue the four-game set tonight as the Power looks to staff ace Rudy Owens (10-1, 1.75 ERA) to continue its momentum. Charleston will counter with Cory Arbiso (3-6, 3.23 ERA). The game is scheduled for 7:05.
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Thank You Jack for what you have done. Best of luck to you.
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Jack Wilson, Ian Snell shipped to the Mariners
By The Tribune-Review Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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The Pirates today traded shortstop Jack Wilson and minor-league right-hander Ian Snell to the Seattle Mariners for five players.

Coming to the Pirates are first baseman Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and right-handed pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adco*ck.

Wilson has been the Pirates' shortstop since 2001 and was the longest current tenured player with the team as well as one of its most popular players. Here is the rest of the Pirates' official news release on the trade:

The 25-year-old Clement was Seattle's first-round selection (third overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and was rated by Baseball America as the organization's number one prospect for both 2006 and 2008.

Clement hit .288 (107-for-372) with 33 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 68 RBI and 65 runs scored while also producing a .505 slugging percentage in 92 games this year with Triple-A Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League.

The 6-foot-1 left-handed hitting Clement entered today's action ranked second among all Pacific Coast League hitters in doubles (33) and tied for sixth in total bases (188) and RBI (68). He also produced a .340 average (16-for-47) with seven doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI in his first 12 games since the All-Star break.

Clement broke into the Majors in just two years after having his contract selected by Seattle on September 4, 2007. In parts of two seasons with the Mariners, he hit .237 (52-for-219) with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 26 RBI and 21 runs scored in 75 games.

Prior to being drafted by Seattle, Clement played collegiately at the University of Southern California for three years (2003-05), where he was named to the 2005 Baseball America All-America First-Team, USA Today Sports Weekly All-America First-Team and Collegiate Baseball All-America First-Team. He was also tabbed by Baseball America as the "Best Power Hitter" among college prospects in 2005 and was the winner of the Johnny Bench Award (college baseball's top catcher) and a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award (top amateur player in the country) in the same year.

"Our scouts have consistently projected Clement to be an everyday Major League contributor with the power to hit 20-plus home runs," said Huntington. "He has been an extremely highly-regarded prospect since he was drafted third overall in 2005 and has performed consistently since then, showing the tools to be a quality offensive player."

Cedeno spent his entire career with the Chicago Cubs organization before being acquired by Seattle in January in a three-player deal. The 26-year-old infielder played in 59 games this year for the Mariners and entered today's action with a .238 career average (259-for-1090) with 39 doubles, nine triples, 18 home runs and 105 RBI in 388 games in parts of five years in the big leagues.

Cedeno made 40 appearances (39 starts) at shortstop, 13 appearances (eight starts) at second base, seven appearances (four starts) in left field and two appearances (two starts) at third base this year with the Mariners.

"Ronny is a solid Major League defensive-oriented shortstop," said Huntington. "We feel we can help him become more productive with the bat, while his defense helps our pitching staff."

Pribanic went 7-6 with a 3.21 ERA (87.0ip/31er) while surrendering just one home run in 17 starts for Single-A Clinton of the Midwest League this year while being named to the league's mid-season All-Star team. He was charged with two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his first 13 outings, won six of his first eight decisions, had an ERA below 3.00 after his first 15 starts and entered today's action ranked 10th in the league in that category.

The 22-year-old righthander was Seattle's third-round selection (98th overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At the time he was drafted, Aaron was the highest Husker taken since 2006, when Joba Chamerlain was selected by the New York Yankees in the first round.

"Aaron has been highly regarded since he was drafted in the third round out of the University of Nebraska in 2008 by Seattle," said Huntington. "He put up excellent numbers in his first full professional season. He has a heavy four-seam fastball that reaches up to 93 miles per hour and a two-seam fastball with significant sinking and tailing life low in the zone that has allowed him to get ground balls."

Lorin went 5-4 with a 2.44 ERA (88.2ip/24er), 87 strikeouts and just 25 walks in 16 starts this year for Single-A Clinton. The 6-foot-7 righthander was named to this year's Midwest League All-Star team after leading the league with 77 strikeouts at the All-Star break. The 22-year-old righthander entered today's action ranked third among all Midwest League pitchers in ERA (2.44) after allowing two earned runs or fewer in nine of his first 10 outings, which included a 0.75 mark after his first four starts (24.0ip/2er).

Lorin was selected by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft from Cal State University-Long Beach. He began his professional career with Single-A Everett of the Northwest League last year, where he was named the club's Pitcher-of-the-Year after going 1-0 with a 2.82 ERA (22.1ip/7er) and 29 strikeouts in five starts. He was then promoted to Single-A Wisconsin of the Midwest League, where he was charged with two earned runs or fewer in five of his six starts.

"Brett has been noted by our scouts for his plus makeup, competitive nature and desire to win and succeed," said Huntington. "He complements his solid fastball that can touch the mid-90s with a curveball that has shown tight rotation and the form to project to an above-average Major-League curveball."

Adco*ck went 5-7 with a 5.29 ERA (102.0ip/60er) in 21 games (19 starts) with Single-A High Desert of the California League. He went 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA (82.2ip/34er) in 14 starts before the All-Star Game and was charged with three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 19 starting assignments.

The 21-year old Adc ock was selected by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft from North Hardin (KY) High School, where he was named a third-team All-American by the National Baseball Coaches Association during his senior year.

During his first professional season in 2006 with Peoria of the Arizona League, Adco*ck posted a 3.31 ERA (35.1ip/13er) in 10 games, including a 1.64 ERA in six starts. Last year with Single-A Wisconsin of the Midwest League, he allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but three of his 14 starts and two or fewer in seven of his starting assignments.

"Nathan has shown our scouts quality pitching instincts, including a curveball that was ranked the best in Seattle's system by Baseball America," said Huntington. "Despite pitching in the worst pitcher's park in baseball in High Desert of the California League, Adco*ck has shown the ability to get ground balls with an advanced three-pitch mix and the ability to locate his 91-plus mile per hour fastball, which are crucial tools in a Major League pitcher."

Ronny Cedeno will join the Pirates. Jeff Clement has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Aaron Pribanic and Brett Lorin have been assigned to Single-A West Virginia of the South Atlantic League and Nathan Adprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterpro fanityfilter will join Single-A Lynchburg of the Carolina League.
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Best of luck in Seattle Jack. Really sad to see you go wish you could of been apart of a winner in Pittsburgh.

On the flip side, im really happy with what we got in return for Ian and Jack. Three solid looking pitchers, a MLB ready SS and a power 1B (guess they moved him from catcher, thats good means more power potential)
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Best of luck in Seattle Jack. Really sad to see you go wish you could of been apart of a winner in Pittsburgh.

On the flip side, im really happy with what we got in return for Ian and Jack. Three solid looking pitchers, a MLB ready SS and a power 1B (guess they moved him from catcher, thats good means more power potential)
You might be the only Pirates fan who is happy with the trade.

Honestly, I've just become numb to the entire team. I have a few games left on my season ticket plan, and then after that, I will be watching from the sidelines until the Pirates start winning games, or MLB finally decides to force Nutting to sell the team to someone who gives a damn about winning. I've tried to understand all of the trades and the need to infuse talent into the organization, but what good is it when management will just turn around and trade them if and when they become quality major-leaguers? Bud Selig has to be concerned that the Pirates continue to do this year after year after year - it does NOTHING to improve the league. The NBA put rules in place to keep the Clippers from continually fielding garbage - why can't MLB do the same for teams like the Pirates?
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You might be the only Pirates fan who is happy with the trade.

Honestly, I've just become numb to the entire team. I have a few games left on my season ticket plan, and then after that, I will be watching from the sidelines until the Pirates start winning games, or MLB finally decides to force Nutting to sell the team to someone who gives a damn about winning. I've tried to understand all of the trades and the need to infuse talent into the organization, but what good is it when management will just turn around and trade them if and when they become quality major-leaguers? Bud Selig has to be concerned that the Pirates continue to do this year after year after year - it does NOTHING to improve the league. The NBA put rules in place to keep the Clippers from continually fielding garbage - why can't MLB do the same for teams like the Pirates?
The Almighty $$$$$$$$

anyway, Freddy Sanchez has now been traded to San Francisco for Tim Alderson of their AA Affiliate the Connecticut Defenders.
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That Sanchez trade really bothered me. How the hell can you go out and trade your best player for a pitcher that gave up 76 runs in 72 2/3 innings of f*cking AA ball? Sorry about that but I think I am done with the Pirates, these last two trades really put me over the edge.
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That Sanchez trade really bothered me. How the hell can you go out and trade your best player for a pitcher that gave up 76 runs in 72 2/3 innings of f*cking AA ball? Sorry about that but I think I am done with the Pirates, these last two trades really put me over the edge.
Seems that Giants fans disagree with you - many of them are PISSED that they gave up Alderson for Sanchez. They saw him possibly being in the rotation next year and being a quality starter. Even if he didn't make the rotation next year, they projected him to eventually make it, because he's that good.
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