Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Having a Breakout Season

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress this 2012 season, posting numbers worthy of arguably a nomination for a breakout player in the National League. Over McDonald’s last six starts, he’s whiffed 52 batters over 41.2 innings since his eight strikeout performance on April 25. During that span, McDonald leads the Majors in the strikeout department, which included a career-high 11 against...

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Prospect Watch: Hague Hits First Homer, Decent Start For Taillon

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 (3-3, 2.61) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR 3. Starling Marte, CF (.260) - 3-for-4 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats)...

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Indians Leave Buffalo With A Win; D’Arnaud and Reyes Injured

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Buffalo Bison  3 (Box)   3B Matt Hague hit his first home run of the season, Kris Johnson earned his first win, and reliever Tim Wood picked up  his first Save in over a month, as the Indians defeated the Buffalo Bison this afternoon at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, NY.  Unfortunately, two Indians’ players did not make it past the first inning due to injuries — starter Jo-Jo Reyes and SS Chase...

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Offensive Help From the Farm System: The 2012 Edition

Yesterday I pointed out why it is unlikely for a trade to be made this early in the season. I felt the article was straight forward enough: trades don’t usually happen this early, so don’t hold out hope that one will be made. Some translated “trades aren’t likely” as “trades never happen” or “the Pirates shouldn’t try”. The Pirates should absolutely try — they just...

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Jeff Locke Looking to Bring New Delivery to PNC Park Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — On Monday afternoon rookie Jeff Locke watched alongside Pitching Coach Ray Searage as right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a bullpen at PNC Park. The 24-year-old, who was recalled on Sunday from Triple-A Indianapolis has learned a lot from the 35-year-old vet during his time since joining the club, as well as during spring training. “A.J. has been so good with me,” Locke said. Locke’s time in...

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