Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 57-105

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Chris Snyder, Jason Jamarillo
  • Infielders: Lyle Overbay, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Ronny Cedeno, Garrett Atkins
  • Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Garrett Jones, Matt Diaz, Josh Rodriguez, Ryan Doumit
  • Starters: Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Kevin Correia, James McDonald, Scott Olsen
  • Bullpen: Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Joe Beimel, Chris Resop, Jeff Karstens, Jose Veras, Brian Burres

Notable Signings

  1. Kevin Correia: 2 years, $8MM
  2. Lyle Overbay: 1 year, $5MM
  3. Matt Diaz: 2 years, $4.25MM
  4. Scott Olsen: 1 year, $500k
  5. Joe Beimel: minor league deal

Notable Losses

  1. Zach Duke
  2. Lastings Milledge
  3. Andy LaRoche
  4. Delwyn Young
  5. Chan Ho Park

Top Prospects

  1. James Taillon-RHP
  2. Tony Sanchez-C
  3. Bryan Morris – RHP

Key Position Battles

  • Right Field: Garrett Jones vs. Ryan Doumit – Jones should win this battle. Doumit has struggled with health and is an ultimate utility guy with outfield, catching and first base experience. He is better utilized off the bench. RF Pick: Garrett Jones
  • 5th Starter: Scott Olsen vs. Jeff Karstens vs. Daniel McCutchen vs. Charlie Morton – Scott Olsen should win the job with no problems. My guess is few of these guys even break camp with Pittsburgh. Karstens and McCutchen may have a shot to steal a bullpen spot. SP5 Pick: Scott Olsen

The Pittsburgh Pirates may get a little better this year but they will undoubtedly be the worst team in the major leagues. They are a near lock for 100 losses. With that being said they do have some solid young talent on this team. Andrew McCutchen has proven to be one of the most well rounded center fielders in the game. He will hit 3rd this year so expect an increase in run production and a drop in steals out of him; a 20/20 year is in his sights. Twenty four year old third baseman, Pedro Alvarez, looks to build on a rookie season in which he slugged 16 home runs and drove in 64 runs over only 347 at bats. He is considered to be a solid fantasy sleeper at the hot corner this season. As of today, Joel Hanrahan is the closer for the Bucs but sooner or later Evan Meek should be able to steal that job. There is not much to expect from Pittsburgh’s rotation as they are certainly one of the worst, if not the worst, staff in the Majors. James McDonald showed some promise last year after being traded over from the LA Dodgers but there is nothing to write home about after him in this rotation. McDonald will strike out plenty of guys but probably not win many games because, well, the team will not be winning many games.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 58-104


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