Notes: Daniel McCutchen, Hunter Strickland, Links

Some Monday afternoon notes, and a few interesting links… -According to Scott McCauley, Daniel McCutchen was placed on the disabled list in Indianapolis.  Rob Biertempfel reports that it was due to arm fatigue.  In McCutchen’s last outing his velocity was only topping out at 90, and he was hit around to the tune of seven runs and 12 hits allowed in six innings. -Rob Biertempfel also reports that Hunter Strickland...

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2010 VSL Pirates Preview

The Venezuelan Summer League Pirates were one of the best stories in the Pirates organization during the 2009 season.  The VSL Pirates finished with the best record in the league, going 48-22, but losing in the championship 2 games to 1 to the VSL Rays. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the VSL, here is a quick rundown of the league rules and set-up: -Only 7 teams in the league (Pirates, Mariners, Cardinals, Tigers,...

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Weekend Notes: Bryan Morris, Brian Bass, Starling Marte

Some notes from the weekend… -The big news was that the Pirates finally promoted Bryan Morris to Altoona.  In eight starts this season, Morris put up a 0.60 ERA in 44.2 innings, with an 8.1 K/9 a 5.7 K/BB, and no homers allowed.  Morris didn’t allow an earned run in his last 33 innings in Bradenton. According to Rob Biertempfel, Neal Huntington said Morris could be in AAA by August.  My guess is that Morris...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/16/10

The Venezuelan Summer League starts tomorrow.  Look for my preview post later tonight. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 6-5 to Toledo.  Hayden Penn pitched five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two perfect innings in relief.  Wilfredo Ledezma snapped his streak of nine straight appearances without a run, allowing two runs...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/15/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-3 to Toledo.  Daniel McCutchen got hit hard, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in six innings of work, with no walks and four strikeouts.  According to Scott McCauley, his velocity was down, topping out at 90 MPH.  Justin Thomas pitched two perfect innings, with four strikeouts. Jose Tabata went 1-for-4 with a double.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run....

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