Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/5/11

Kyle McPherson and Nick Kingham had strong starts, Zack Dodson made his return to West Virginia, and Starling Marte hit his 8th homer of the year.

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Pirates Prospects on Bucco Talk Tomorrow Morning

I will be a guest on “Bucco Talk” with Vinnie Richichi tomorrow morning on 93.7 The FAN at 8:40 AM.  You can listen live on The FAN web site.

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What Would Be a Successful 2011 Season?

It’s been a funny season.  Coming in to the year, people expected 100 losses.  A 72-90 season would have been seen as a good step in the right direction.  If I would have been able to promise you a 75 win season this year, following a 105 loss season last year, the optimism for the future would have been pretty high. I talked the other day about the many ends to the 2011 season.  Every time the Pirates have struggled this year,...

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Taking Another Look at the Pitching Staff

About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league.  They were ranked 4th overall, thanks to an impressive stretch where they got at least six innings and two or fewer runs from each starter every time out.  I looked at how good the pitching staff actually was, and found that we could expect some regression going forward with pretty much every pitcher.  After looking at every...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Brandon Cumpton

21 earned runs in 10.2 innings.  That’s how Brandon Cumpton started his 2011 season with West Virginia.  The 2010 9th round pick signed out of Georgia Tech, where he didn’t have the best numbers, putting up a 5.50 ERA in 73.2 innings, along with a 6.5 K/9 and a 3.9 BB/9 ratio.  Cumpton pitched in State College last year, with a 2.53 ERA in, coincidentally, 10.2 innings after signing.  But it was after 10.2 very bad innings...

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