Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Throws Five 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 (3-1, 2.60) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-3, 2.61) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.260) - DNP 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats)...

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Pirates Notebook: Options to Spark Offense Could Be Internal

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action on Wednesday just three games under .500 and four games back in the National League Central Division. What’s kept the club afloat this season has been off the mound. The pitching continues to be solid from the starters to the relievers. However, the bats have been a different story. The Pirates .218 team average is ranked last in the National League....

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Offensive Help From the Farm System: The Future Edition

Yesterday I wrote about the offensive help from the system that can help the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2012 season. The Pirates don’t have many strong options. Jordy Mercer is the best option to help the major league team this year, and he profiles as an average major league shortstop at best. Matt Hague could also help, profiling as an average major league first baseman at best. The top prospect in Indianapolis, Starling...

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Pirates Linked to International Third Baseman

Ben Badler of Baseball America has released scouting reports for nine players to remember for the upcoming international signing period, as well as ten more players to watch. In the “ten more” group, Badler notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to third baseman Julio de la Cruz, who comes out of the Dominican Prospect League. The Pirates have signed a few players from the DPL in recent years. Last year they signed...

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Pirates Activate Grilli, Locke Back to AAA Rotation

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jason Grilli from the Bereavement list today, and optioned left-hander Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli will be active for today’s game from the bullpen against the New York Mets. Grilli has posted a 2.25 ERA over 17 appearances (16.0 innings) with 27 strikeouts and nine walks. Locke didn’t make an appearance from the bullpen for...

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