Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/30/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Columbus 6-4.  Jeremy Powell (L, 10-9, 4.84) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Justin Thomas (2.50) got the final two outs in the sixth, stranding a runner.  Steven Jackson (3.71) pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out three.  Jean Machi (4.13) pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit....

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Curve Lose 2-0 On Free Passes, Missed Opportunities

Justin Wilson can be two very different pitchers.  When he is in control of his pitches, he can be dominant, looking like a top pitching prospect.  When his control is struggling, Wilson’s whole game struggles.  Tonight was an example of the latter. Wilson took the mound for the first place Altoona Curve tonight, and from the start it was evident that he didn’t have his best control.  Wilson led off the game by walking top...

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Interview with Barrett Phillips

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left handed pitcher Barrett Phillips as a non-drafted free agent late last year, with Phillips making his debut this year with the GCL Pirates.  Phillips, who turned 20 in late June, had a surprising season for a non-drafted free agent, posting a 2.63 ERA in 37.2 innings with a 7.4 K/9 ratio and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio, which combined as one of the best stat lines from the 2010 GCL pitching staff. Phillips was...

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Is it the manager’s fault?

Lastings Milledge is on second base after leading off an inning with a double, and the Pirates appear to have something cooking. The next batter hits a two-hopper directly to the shortstop and Milledge takes off for third. He is easily thrown out. After the game, an exasperated fan calls the local radio station and asserts that John Russell has clearly lost this team. Is he right?

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Lineups: Altoona-Bowie 8/30

BOWIE — One hour to first pitch … Game: Altoona Curve at Bowie Baysox, 7:05 p.m. Site: Prince George Stadium. Pitching: LHP Justin Wilson vs. RHP Eddie Gamboa. Weather: 87 degrees. Game Updates: My Twitter Feed Lineups: Altoona Curve: 1. Chase d’Arnaud, 2B 2. Josh Harrison, 3B 3. Andrew Lambo, DH 4. Matt Hague, 1B 5. Jordy Mercer, SS 6. Jim Negrych, LF 7. Miles Durham, RF 8. Kris Watts, C 9. Anthony Norman, CF Bowie...

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