Pirates Notebook: Crow and Scheppers start tomorrow

The Indy league regular season starts tomorrow, which should mark the debut of Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers, two prospects in the 2009 draft. I say debut meaning the regular season debut, as each player has pitched in Spring Training so far.

Both players should hold interest with Bucco fans. Crow was one of the top pitching prospects in the draft last year, and is still a top pitching prospect this year. If he can prove that he hasn’t lost anything, he could be a contender to be taken when the Pirates select at number four.

As for Scheppers, he was taken by the Pirates in the second round last year, but due to an injury, and a disagreement on his value (he was believed to want first round money), he decided not to sign. It looks like that gamble has paid off for now, as Scheppers is projected to be a top 10 guy, possibly going as high as number two.

The draft is about three weeks away, but if it was held today my preference would be:

1. Stephen Strasburg
2. Dustin Ackley
3. Tyler Matzek
4. Alex White

Crow could easily take that fourth spot with a solid performance over the next few weeks in the Indy league.

I will be doing a live blog during the draft. Details will be coming on that in the coming weeks. I will also be going to see Pedro Alvarez and the Lynchburg Hillcats on May 26th, and will be providing live updates via Twitter.

Two in a row

We won yesterday. We won today. That’s two in a row. If we win tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.

The Pirates are now 14-19, so it’s a little far fetched to assume that any contest will be easy. However, tomorrow the Pirates could bust out the brooms against the Cardinals, which would be a tremendous turnaround from their recent eight game losing streak. With the Cardinals missing Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick, Jeff Karstens might see an easier time against the St. Louis offense. And while Mitchell Boggs has pitched fairly well in 16 innings, the Pirates offense looks strong lately, especially with contributions from Brandon Moss the last two games.

I’d go on about the upcoming games against Colorado and Washington, but for now let’s take things one step at a time.

The MVP Tracker

Here are the updates to the MVP Tracker from tonight’s win:

-One point for Ross Ohlendorf for a great outing. 6 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, and 5 strikeouts.

-One point for Nyjer Morgan for breaking the game open with his 2 RBI single (especially significant with Ohlendorf leaving the game to the bullpen).

-One point for Brandon Moss for another good offensive performance. Let’s hope he’s finally heating up.

-One point for Freddy Sanchez for not only some solid offense, but great work on the field.

Other Stuff

-Grant Green was the only draft prospect who played tonight, and he went 4 for 5.

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