Prospect Notebook: Tim Alderson Reviving His Prospect Status

Over the off-season, Tim Alderson went back to an old throwing program he used in high school, long tossing from distances of 300-350 feet in order to rediscover the arm strength he lost in 2009. The Pirates were able to get him from the San Francisco Giants in 2009 after his velocity dropped and his stock fell in the organization. However, Alderson’s prospect status hit bottom in 2010, as he was demoted from Double-A, and then...

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Prospect Watch: Alderson Dominates For Seven Shutout 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 (2-1, 2.92) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 2.55) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.239) - 0-for-4 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training 6. Robbie...

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Pirates Acquire Drew Sutton from Atlanta

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder Drew Sutton from the Atlanta Braves organization on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations. Sutton will be assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Sutton, 28, played in 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett where he hit .270 with 19 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 15 RBI. The infielder has spent the parts of three seasons in the Majors, the last coming in 2011 with the Boston Red Sox. He’s hit...

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Indians Snap Losing Streak With Two-Hit Pitching

Indianapolis Indians  4,  Buffalo Bison  1 (Box)   After losing 5 games in a row, the Indians snapped their losing streak this afternoon at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, NY, beating the Bison by a score of 4-1.  The Indians got a strong pitching effort by starter Rick VandenHurk as well as relievers Tim Wood and Doug Slaten.  VandenHurk earned his 2nd win of the season, and Slaten took his 8th Save.  The Indians also took advantage...

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Pirates Notebook: Why are Teams Pitching to McCutchen?

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen is having a huge month of May. Even after going 0-for-3 on Sunday, McCutchen is hitting for a .396 average (21-for-53) with a double, triple, seven home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .900 slugging percentage in his first 16 games this month. “I don’t know,” McCutchen said with a laugh on why club’s are still pitching to him, after blasting two two-run homers against Detroit on Saturday....

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