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    Report from Pirate City — 3/20

    Taillon The Yankees were back at Pirate City today, this time with the low-level minor leaguers.  To get right to the highlight of the day, it clearly was Jameson Taillon pitching the first two innings in the low A game.  Taillon struggled a little with his command at first, falling behind and...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Taillon, Von Rosenberg And More

    Continuing to work our way up the Pirates' minor league pitching ranks... Zacharys today...

    Jameson Taillon  --   R/R,  6' 6",  225 lb
    Everyone knows about Taillon, the Pirates' #1 draft pick in 2010.   Taillon, who is 19 years old, has a mid-to-high 90's fastball and a hard curve,...

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    Morton Looks Good, As Does Owens

    Pirates  3,  Astros  1
    Starter Charlie Morton continued to show the Pirates' management that he belongs in the starting rotation with a 6-inning shutout performance today in Kissimmee, Florida.  Morton scattered 4 hits over his 6 innings and did not walk a batter.  He struck out 5 Astros....

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    2006 DSL/VSL: What is Left?

    It is well known that under the previous management the international market was largely ignored. The budget for both the VSL and DSL in 2007, was at the maximum of just $750,000, a very low figure for a team that didn't compete in the free agent market in the majors. The budget...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Sullivan, Rodriguez, And Friends

    Continuing to look at Pirates' pitchers in the lower levels of the organization:

    Jarryd Sullivan  --  R/R,  6' 0",  181 lb
    The 21-year-old Sullivan came to the Pirates out of the new Australian Baseball Academy.  He has a fastball in the high 80's, a curve, and a strong changeup....

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    Heading Down to Spring Training

    Today I will be heading down to Bradenton, and after a stop in Georgia tonight, I should arrive tomorrow around noon.  I will be down there for a week, providing coverage for the site from Pirate City and from McKechnie Field.  Follow me on Twitter for updates from both places, and of...

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    Jake Stenzel: The Forgotten Star

    Jake Stenzel When most people take a look at the Pirates all-time leaders they recognize the names of almost all of the players, it's a history filled with Hall of Famers who spent most or all of their career with the team from Honus Wagner to the Waner brothers to Roberto Clemente...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Allie, Archibald, Trepagnier, And Friends

    Continuing to look at some of the pitchers in the Pirates' lower minor league organization.  Today we consider five more of the Pirates' 2010 draft picks.

    Stetson Allie --  R/R,  6' 4",  225 lb
    Allie was the second round pick in the draft, coming out of high...

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    2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: Bullpen

    Black will move to the bullpen in 2011. Today we wrap up the 2011 Brdenton Marauders preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we've covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  When you get as low as A-ball, you're not going to have a lot of top bullpen prospects....

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    Indians Top Yankees; Pirates’ Top Red Sox

    Indianapolis Indians  7,  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees  2
    The Indians had both the pitching and the hitting tuned up this afternoon as they defeated the Yankees at Bradenton.   SS Jordy Mercer, 2B Josh Harrison, and C Eric Fryer each drove in two runs.   The scoring started when Harrison tripled in...

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