Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues to be Pirates Ace

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — James McDonald continues to be the Pittsburgh Pirates ace this 2012 season. Facing a hot Cincinnati Reds lineup, McDonald was not fazed on Monday at PNC Park. Coming into Pittsburgh having won eight of their last nine games and sitting at the top the National League Central, McDonald cruised through their lineup on his way to eight scoreless innings — the first time in his Major League career. “He...

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Deven Marrero Has a Strong Second Half, But Is It Enough?

First impressions can really hurt sometimes. Deven Marrero entered the year as a consensus top five prospect. In my early draft preview last September he seemed like a lock to be a top three pick. He had the defense and the ability to stick at shortstop, which is something that is extremely undervalued. He wasn’t doing much with the bat, although he showed some potential to at least hit enough to make it in the majors, doing...

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Pirates to Take a Hitter in the Draft?

Jim Callis has been busy on Twitter today with draft talk for all teams. When asked who he thinks the Pirates will take, he mentioned a hitter, and that he keeps hearing Deven Marrero, but that he could see Albert Almora or Mike Zunino. I think there’s a good chance Almora could be there, Marrero definitely would be there, and it would be a gift if Zunino somehow fell to eighth overall. On Marrero, Callis said he’d still...

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2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 5/28

STATS Mark Appel - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, ND Kevin Gausman - 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, W (10-1) Kyle Zimmer – 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, ND Michael Wacha – 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, L (8-1) Deven Marrero - 5-for-14 (.357), 2B, K, BB, SB Mike Zunino - 4-for-13 (.308), 3 2B, HR, 5 K, 4 BB, SB NOTES -Two mock drafts last week. The second version each from Jonathan Mayo and Baseball...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/27

So far, it hasn’t been the best of all possible seasons for the farm system.  Few of the team’s hitting prospects are having good seasons and one of the ones who is can’t seem to get any recognition for it.  On the pitching front, if you’re not in AAA and not named Jameson or Gerrit, you’re probably not pitching well at all.  Still, there are a few guys showing encouraging signs lately. TRENDING UP Jose...

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