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Report from Pirate City – 3/21

Report from Pirate City – 3/21

Victor Black

This will be an abbreviated report, as I left about halfway through the games.  The Pirates' upper level minor leaguers took on the Phillies'.  Once again, many of the at-bats went to major leaguers, this time Ryan Doumit, Ronny Cedeno and Chris Snyder, so my ability to watch the minor league hitters were limited.  Doumit and Snyder didn't contribute any offense, while Cedeno got on a few times.

The starters were Bryan Morris in the AAA game and 2010 draftee Brandon Cumpton in the AA game.  Both got hit hard.  Morris was sitting at 92 early in his start, but increased that later.  Cumpton sat at 90 and the hitters had little trouble putting good wood on his fastball.  He also throws a sweeping curve that should be effective against RH hitters.

After three innings, Brian Leach relieved Morris and Casey Erickson went in for Cumpton.  Leach threw in the low 90s, while Erickson started off at 86-87 but later got up to 89-90.  He also threw a curve that was similar to ...

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