Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/3/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Brent Klinger was taken in the 21st round last year, draft out of Glendale Community College in Arizona. Scouting reports at the time said Klinger could throw 94 MPH, which made him an interesting addition. Klinger started off strong, with a 0.66 ERA and a 12:3 K/BB ratio in 13.2 innings pitched with the GCL Pirates in 2008. He returned to Bradenton this year and continued that success, with a 3.28 ERA...

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What does Perry Hill want?

The more I think about the Perry Hill situation, the more I think it might just be about money. It’s the only thing that really makes sense. There has been talk about Hill’s reaction to the trades. Dejan Kovacevic reported the following yesterday: Plain and simple, it is that management had assured him upon signing up late in 2008 that there would be no massive rebuilding, that the infielders with whom he would work would...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/2/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 2-1 to Toledo. -Jose Tabata went 2 for 4 with a triple. -Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4. Other Game Notes: Eric Hacker went seven innings, allowing one unearned run on eight hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona lost 9-6 to Akron. -Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 5. Other Game Notes: Brian Friday went 2 for 4. Michael Dubee...

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Game 132 Live Blog: Pirates at Reds

Game 132: Pirates at Reds

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The 2009 GCL Pirates Season Recap

The Gulf Coast League is the start of the development process for most draft prospects. It is a 16 team league, and one of two rookie leagues above the VSL, DSL, and ASL. In the case of the Pirates, the GCL games are played in the Pirates’ Spring Training complex in Bradenton, with the bulk of the players coming from the VSL, DSL, and the draft. The main focus of the league isn’t so much on winning, but instruction and...

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