Dinesh Patel’s Back In India, But He Got To Party With Barry Bonds

Mar 28, 2012 by

Remember Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel? They’re the kids from India that signed minor league deals with the Pirates three years ago after winning a reality show contest.

For a while, the move was seen as publicity stunt and essentially a circus act. One guy even said it “inevitably set the stage for a baseball comedy starring Rob Schneider and that dude from Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.”

Throw in a few “shouldn’t they be playing javelin and cricket” jokes for good measure, and that was pretty much all we heard.

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Pirates Apparently 13% More Likely To Make Postseason

Mar 22, 2012 by

The Pittsburgh Pirates are taking steps–more like baby-steps, but still steps–towards building a competitive team. They improved by 15 games last season, which is incredible. It’s less incredible because they still lost 90 games in 2011, but hey it’s progress.

The ball club is finally spending money in the draft and in the international market as well, leading to a top-ten minor league system. Garrett Cole, Jameson Taillon, Starling Marte, etc. are giving Bucs fans a reason to be optimistic.

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MLB Organizational Rankings 10-1

Mar 22, 2012 by

For most of the top ten organizations, high-ceiling players at single-A or double-A carry their weight. For others, it’s the high-floor guys that are close to reaching the majors. Again, the criteria is based solely on minor league players yet to qualify for their rookie seasons.

The list is made from the average rankings of Keith Law (ESPN), Kevin Goldstein (Baseball Propsectus) and Marc Hulet (FanGraphs).

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Pirates Extend McCutchen, Continue Trend

Mar 7, 2012 by

The Pittsburgh Pirates have to be feeling pretty good about themselves after locking up Andrew McCutchen to a six-year, $51.5M extension. For a guy who’s made only $1M in his three years as a major leaguer, McCutchen, 25, is probably feeling pretty good, too.

Time will tell how the results work out, but the decision is a sound one for both the Pirates and McCutchen—surely one of baseball’s top 25 position players. The year-by-year breakdown of the extension:

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