Pittsburgh Pirates 09-10 Season Recap
The Pittsburgh Pirates won a couple of different titles in the 2010 season: worst team in baseball and best draft pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Those aren't titles you typically want to hold, but Pittsburgh has grown accustomed to terrible baseball. They haven't finished with a winning record since 1991 when Barry Bonds was still in a Pirates uniform.
Pittsburgh's starting rotation is just terrible. Zach Duke has been inconsistent and an overall disappointment. Paul Maholm is probably their most reliable starter, but that isn't saying much about the state of the staff.
There are some positive signs with some of the young position players that are starting to emerge. First baseman Yonder Alonso and center fielder Andrew McCutchen are just two of young players making an impact for Pittsburgh.
Garrett Jones was the team's top offensive player this year, finishing with 21 home runs and 86 RBI's. Those aren't terrible numbers, but you would like to see more production from the meat of the order.
The Pirates are still a long ways off from being a playoff contender, but they should.