Coming in to the 2011 season, pitching was seen as one of the biggest needs for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The farm system was expected to graduate a few starters and some relief pitching options from Indianapolis to the majors by the middle of the season. That didn't happen on the starting pitching front, in part because the major league starters were performing so well, but also because the AAA starters were struggling early in the year.
The Pirates have seen help come from the AAA level this year, mostly from the bullpen, but also with a few starters such as Brad Lincoln and Aaron Thompson. A few guys look like they might be candidates to remain in the majors going forward, while there are other guys who haven't made it yet this year, but are still options going forward. Below is a break down of every pitcher who played at the level this year.
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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.