Another Strong Outing from McDonald in Pirates 3-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. On April 25, McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Colorado. He followed that performance up with punching out a career-high 10 Braves in Atlanta his last trip to the mound. And on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, McDonald tossed 6.1 innings holding the Cincinnati Reds to just one run at PNC Park...

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Prospect Watch: Starters Combine For One Run in 29 Innings

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 (1-2, 1.76) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.270) - 2-for-4, 2B 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training...

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Pirates Confident in Alvarez, Batting him Cleanup

PITTSBURGH, Pa.  – Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has continued to climb his way up in the lineup. After starting the season batting seventh, Alvarez has slowly but surely hit his way up to the cleanup spot — the place where the organization envisioned for him when he was drafted in the first round (second overall) by Pittsburgh in 2008. When Manager Clint Hurdle posted the lineup for tonight’s 7:05 start against...

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2012 Draft Trackers Updated, Four Draft Prospects Added

With the updated mid-season rankings, I have updated all of the scouting reports for the 2012 Draft Trackers. I’ve also added four new players to the list as a follow up on Thursday’s weekend preview, which focused on the consensus rankings from the mid-season updates. Click the links below to see the changes. 2012 Draft Prospect Trackers Albert Almora Carlos Correa Max Fried Michael...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Moving in the Right Direction

Right-hander Jeff Karstens is continuing to progress back from right shoulder inflammation that caused him to exit his third start of the season on April 17 early, and be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. After resting his arm for 10 days, Karstens has started throwing on flat ground. Yesterday, the right-hander was throwing from 60 feet at PNC Park. “The program is going good,” Karstens said....

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