June Prospects Rundown: State College Spikes

State College started their season in mid-June, shortly after the 2010 MLB draft.  It’s hard enough to draw any conclusions about the performance of the players at the level based on two weeks of play.  What makes things harder is that development is often hard to pinpoint at the lower levels.  The pitchers are throwing mostly fastballs, focused more on their control and command of the pitch than they are of their...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/8/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 3-2 in a game that was completed early.  Brian Burres pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Steven Jackson allowed a hit to the only batter he faced, before the game was called. Jeff Clement went 1-for-3 with a solo homer.  Argenis Diaz went 2-for-3 with a run.  Jonathan Van Every went 1-for-2 with a walk and...

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Notes: Daniel McCutchen, Steve Pearce, Bryan Morris, Draft Signings, Links

Catching up on a few things: -Daniel McCutchen was optioned to AAA after last night’s loss.  The move clears room for the addition of Sean Gallagher, who the Pirates acquired yesterday for cash from the San Diego Padres.  The Pirates don’t need a fifth starter until Tuesday, July 20th, due to the All-Star break, which is why they can go with the extra bullpen arm. McCutchen isn’t eligible to return to the...

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June Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia still doesn’t have many top prospects in the Pirates’ farm system, with most of the top guys in the level falling in the 11-20 range at best, and probably in the 30s in some cases.  A lot of the guys having success this year in West Virginia draw questions as to the legitimacy of their success.  That’s either because they’ve been at the level before, because they’re a year or two...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/7/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 6-1 to Louisville.  Hayden Penn had a bad outing, allowing six runs on 12 hits in five innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk, a hit, and striking out two.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning in relief. Brandon Moss went 1-for-4.  Doug...

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