Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/19/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Buffalo 9-3 in 10 innings.  Charlie Morton pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.  Jean Machi pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Steve Pearce went 3-for-4...

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Pirates Front Office vs the Pittsburgh Media

A few stories have come out in the last few days which have me thinking about something: is there a conflict going on between the Pittsburgh Pirates’ front office and the Pittsburgh media?  This is all speculation, but here are my thoughts on the recent events. First, you’ve got the big story that Neal Huntington and John Russell were extended this past off-season, and that the Pirates’ front office kept the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 6-4 to Buffalo.  Brian Burres pitched four innings, allowing five runs on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Jeremy Powell and Brian Bass each pitched a perfect inning in relief.  Steven Jackson pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Vinnie Chulk allowed one run on two hits in one inning. Erik Kratz went 1-for-3 with a homer and...

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Pirates sign Tyler Waldron and Vincent Payne

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two more draft picks: fifth round pick, Tyler Waldron, and 12th round pick Vincent Payne.  The two right handed pitchers bring the signing total up to eight for the 2010 draft class. Waldron had a down year at Oregon State in 2010, before ending up as the team’s closer.  He is probably best as a reliever, as he has a plus fastball that ranges 89-94 MPH, and a plus slider that he uses...

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2010 State College Spikes Preview

Is it a bad thing that I’m going to be more interested in watching the State College Spikes once their season begins, than watching the West Virginia Power, a level above State College?  It’s not that I don’t like the prospects at West Virginia.  It’s just that it’s hard to top what State College has to offer this year, at least at the start of the season. The big thing to watch for will be the...

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