April Prospects Rundown: Indianapolis Indians

The Indianapolis Indians had an interesting month.  Three of the top prospects in the farm system, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln, were expected to be the best players.  Instead, Steve Pearce and Neil Walker, two players who have seen multiple seasons at the AAA level, started the year with breakout performances.  The starting rotation hasn’t seen any regularity since the beginning of the season, due...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Lehigh Valley 5-4.  Michael Crotta made his first start at the AAA level, and picked up right where he left off from his AA success.  Crotta went seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts to get the win.  Steven Jackson allowed a run in 0.2 innings of work, then Wilfredo Ledezma got the save, pitching 1.1 perfect innings with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/1/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 10-6 to Lehigh Valley, a team which featured ex-Pirates Ryan Vogelsong, plus ex-Indianapolis Indians Brandon Duckworth and Rich Thompson.  Donald Veal had some struggles, going 5.2 innings, and allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits, with four walks and a strikeout.  Veal didn’t run in to problems until the sixth inning, when he allowed five runs.  Anthony...

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Game 24 Live Blog: Pirates at Dodgers

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B2. Andy LaRoche, 3B3. Andrew McCutchen, CF4. Ryan Church, RF5. Ryan Doumit, C6. Jeff Clement, 1B7. Lastings Milledge, LF8. Zach Duke, P9. Ronny Cedeno, SS Dodgers: 1. Reed Johnson, LF2. Russell Martin, C3. Andre Ethier, RF4. Matt Kemp, CF5. James Loney, 1B6. Casey Blake, 3B7. Blake DeWitt, 2B8. Jamey Carroll, SS9. Carlos Monasterios, P...

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Pirates Notebook: Morton needs to lay off the curveball

I was looking over Charlie Morton’s numbers on his FanGraphs page, and noticed a major difference between 2009 and 2010.  No, not the ERA, something else. I was looking at his pitch selection, and saw that he went from throwing his fastball 64.3% of the time in 2009 to just 58.4% of the time in 2010 heading in to tonight’s game.  So I decided to keep a running tally of Morton’s pitches tonight, looking at...

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