Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/25/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates selected University of Mississippi starter Nathan Baker in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. Despite the high pick, the most exciting pitcher to come from Mississippi in this year’s draft has not been Baker, but is actually his former teammate in Mississippi, and current teammate in State College, Phillip Irwin. Irwin was taken in the 21st round by the Pirates, coming off a junior...

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Arizona Fall League Information

For those of you who think baseball ends in October for the Pirates and their prospects, think again. The Arizona Fall League runs each year starting in early October, with this year’s competition starting on October 13th. The league is comprised of six teams: the Grand Canyon Rafters, the Mesa Solar Sox, the Peoria Javelinas, the Peoria Saguaros, the Phoenix Desert Dogs, and the team Pirates fans should be interested in, the...

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Matt McSwain Video Recap

I was going to do a write up on Matt McSwain, but I stumbled on to this game report from back in May, and unless I flat out plagiarize, there’s no way I could do as good of a job. So check out the link to find out about McSwain’s history, and I’ll add a little bit of my own analysis below. Here’s every pitch that McSwain threw on Sunday night. Final Numbers for McSwain: Total Pitches: 871st Inning Pitches: 72nd...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/24/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 5-1 against Columbus. -Jose Tabata went 0 for 3.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3. -Brad Lincoln pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out five. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 2 with a walk. Neil Walker went 2 for 4. Jonathan Meloan pitched two innings, allowing one hit (a solo homer) and striking out...

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Rudy Owens Video Recap

I’ve been waiting to see Rudy Owens in Lynchburg for awhile. He came out of nowhere this year to absolutely dominate the South Atlantic League in West Virginia, with a 1.70 ERA, and a 91:15 K/BB ratio in 100.2 innings pitched. In his last eight starts with West Virginia, Owens was untouchable, with a 0.39 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and a 43:4 K/BB ratio in 46 innings pitched. Not only did it seem like it took forever for Owens to get...

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