Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Owens and Cain

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 (1-1, 3.52) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-1, 1.46) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.275) - 1-for-6 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training 6. Robbie...

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Bedard Strikes Out 11 and Alvarez Homers in 6-3 Win Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided the sweep and won game three at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 6-2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lefty Erik Bedard picked up his second win as a Bucco and Pedro Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat with his seventh homer of the season as the club improved to 11-14. It’s been a while since the Pittsburgh Pirates have seen a legitimate strike out pitcher in their starting staff. Left-hander...

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Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 5/4-5/6

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has released his mid-season top 100 draft prospects. A few weeks ago we saw the mid-season rankings from Keith Law and Baseball America released. Now that all three are out, we can put them together to get a consensus ranking of the top of the draft. I took the top 20 players from each list and averaged the rankings to come up with a consensus list of the top prospects in the 2012 draft. Rank. Player,...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/3/12

Nick Kingham was originally scheduled to start game two of yesterday’s doubleheader but his start has been pushed back to today. Michael Jefferson started in his place. Altoona plays a late morning game today before returning home for four games in three days against Richmond. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (14-11) @ Norfolk (9-16) 7:15pm Probable starter: Rudy Owens (1-0 2.08)...

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Indians’ Reyes Earns 4th Win, Slaten Earns 4th Save

Indianapolis Indians  3,  Norfolk Tides  1 (Box)   Strong pitching and timely hitting gave the Indians their second win over the Norfolk Tides this evening at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia.  Jo-Jo Reyes earned his 4th win in 4 starts, and Doug Slaten took his 4th save in his last 4 opportunities. It took Reyes 90 pitches (57 strikes) to go 5 innings.  He gave up only one run, and that was a 2-out solo homer by LF Jamie Hoffman...

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