Alderson isn't assured of a minor league rotation spot this year.
A lot has been written about Tim Alderson this off-season. Alderson is coming off a horrible year, where he totally fell apart at the AA level, was demoted to high-A, and didn't fare any better at the lower level. A lot of that had to do with a drop in velocity, with Alderson throwing in the mid-80s for most of the season.
A month ago, Tim Keong of ESPN looked at Alderson's missing velocity. In the article he noted that Alderson's high school pitcher, after watching Alderson pitch, said he was a better pitcher when he was a freshman in high school than he is now. The article concluded with Alderson proclaiming that he can throw a baseball again. Tom at Rumbunter was down at Spring Training at the start of the month, and has a video of Alderson pitching in the bullpen.
Today, Charlie at Bucs Dugout has an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates' farm director Kyle Stark, which is a must read. In the interview...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.