Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Cole, Owens, Cumpton, Rowland

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 (4-1, 2.47) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.262) - 1-for-3, BB 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No...

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Pirates Sign Pitcher Kenn Kasparek to Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league pitcher Kenn Kasparek out of the Independent leagues, and have assigned him to the Bradenton Marauders. The addition comes after a series of moves today that sent Porfirio Lopez from West Virginia to Bradenton and Jhonathan Ramos from Bradenton to Altoona. Kasparek was originally drafted in the 12th round of the 2008 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He came out of college, pitching for the...

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Pirates Sign Minor Leaguer Nathan Kilcrease

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Kilcrease as a minor league free agent, and assigned him to West Virginia today. The right-hander was selected in the 30th round of the 2011 draft by the Oakland Athletics, and was released after putting up a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings this year for Burlington in the Midwest League. Kilcrease is 5′ 6″, 170 pounds, and turns 23 in August. He was drafted out of...

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Mercer Joins the Pirates, But Barmes Still the Shortstop

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Infielder Jordy Mercer arrived to the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park just an hour before the club was set to take batting practice. Surrounded by media, the 25-year-old was all smiles as he tried to put into words what getting called up to the Majors felt like. “It’s a dream come true, it really is,” Mercer said. “Words can’t describe it. It’s something you dream about as a...

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Weekly Prospects Chat Transcript 5/29

Below is the transcript for this week’s prospects chat.

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