Prospect Watch: Bats Make Some Noise in Altoona, West Virginia

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-1, 5.29) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 1.93) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.292) - DNP 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - DNP 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training 6. Robbie...

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Altoona Wins on a Strong Start From Brandon Cumpton

ALTOONA, Pa. — Right-hander Brandon Cumpton got the start for the Double-A Curve after the game was delayed for over an hour and 16 minutes. Cumpton allowed two runs on five hits over 7.2 innings. He walked two and struck out three while throwing 91 pitches, 62 strikes. Cumpton was the first starter by the Curve this season to pitch past the seventh inning. The 23-year-old, who spent last season combined with Low-A...

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Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 4/27-4/29

In Tuesday’s weekly chat, I was asked who my top eight prospects in the upcoming draft would be. There wasn’t much time to give a good response in a chat setting, so I decided to expand on the answer in this week’s draft preview. The draft is still over a month away, so all of this can change. I’m not as big of a fan of 1-8 rankings as I am tiered rankings, and I think that would be the best approach for this...

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Pirates Offense Taking Strides, but Needs to Step Up

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates offense banged out 11 hits against the Colorado Rockies in the Bucs 5-4 win on Tuesday night at PNC Park. It marked just the third time all season that the club had combined for double-digit hits. The two other days came on April 17 against Arizona (13), on the 8th against Philadelphia (11). Entering game action on Thursday, the Pirates were hitting for a team .221 clip. They gained 19...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/26/12

Indianapolis has off today. They resume their schedule tomorrow night, with a four game series in Durham. Daniel Cabrera got the start for Bradenton. It was due to be Hunter Strickland’s turn in the rotation but during his last start he was hit by a line drive in the second inning and has since been placed on the DL. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (9-10) @ Durham (6-15) 7:05pm 4/27...

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