Comments on: Minor League Depth — Pitching, Part 1 (Upper Level Starters) http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 05:56:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11588 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:47:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11588 Home-tawn of one of my favorite jazz/world music innovators, Paul Winter, who has spun decades of wonderful “toons” on his Al-toona sax.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11587 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:57:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11587 Nate………first I ever heard it called “Toon Town”. :)
Charlie Tuna, the cartoon, used to promote Star Kist Tuna, so we always called it Charlie’s brother, Al Tuna.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11586 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:56:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11586 I thought it kind of interesting that we have the potential for 3 LH starters in Indy, Reyes, Locke and Owens.
I personally feel that McPherson will end up in Altoona to start the year.

Since I live near Harrisburg and get to see the Curve when they come to town (with the occasional road trip to Al Tuna), I can’t wait for the Bradenton Baby Buccos to get promoted.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11585 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:53:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11585 He’s a reliever……..no longer a starter……..and potentially an organizational player. 88 MPH FBs do that to you. :)

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11584 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11584 Where is Tim Alderson, the pitching prospect we received in the deal for Freddie Sanchez?

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By: Robert S. Myers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11581 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:01:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11581 It is possible that the future Pirate rotation consist of Cole, Tallion, Morton, McDonald, and McPherson.  That, if they pitch up to there potential, could be a very good rotation.  Throw in a lineup of Presley, Tabata, McCutchen, Pedro, Walker, McGee, Sanchez, and Mercer and they could score some runs.  2014 baby….

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11577 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:36:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11577 I think with Irwin it’s just a numbers game.  There are guys ahead of him the Pirates need to see again (Owens, Locke, Wilson) to determine their roles.  McPherson is more talented.  Plus they always have a vet stashed in AAA or someone like Martis.

Irwin’s stuff is just “pretty good” not great.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11576 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:35:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11576 Tom – the vast majority of college pitchers start out their first full season at A+.  It’s generally considered that college is the equivalent of Low A.  I would imagine that Cole will be at Altoona by Memorial Day.

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By: Nate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11575 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:09:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11575 I would agree that the Toon Town weather would be an early season factor.  I’m excited to see Taillon actually get to use his curve this year.  If ZVR and Heredia pan out as well, the Bucs could eventually have a stellar, stellar rotation. 
 
Life would be decent (potentially) with a rotation of Cole, Taillon, ZVR, Locke, McPherson (Heredia down the road) and a pen of Wilson, Lincoln, Allie, Cain, Irwin, and Dodson.
It would be nice if 2014 were this season ;)   

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By: TOM GUIDO http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/minor-league-depth-pitching-part-1-upper-level-starters.html#comment-11574 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:41:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22851#comment-11574 I really think the pirates are taking too much of a conservative approach with Gerrit Cole.  He should start the season in AA considering he was a COLLEGE PITCHER and a Arizona Fall League Stud.  Unless the weather in Altoona at the start of the season is a concern. 

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