Michael Crotta promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted starting pitcher Michael Crotta from Altoona to Indianapolis today, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Crotta was scheduled to start tonight for Altoona, but was replaced by Jared Hughes. Crotta has been excellent in his time at AA this season, with a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched over four starts, with a 5.7 K/9, a 1.1 BB/9, and no home runs given up.  Crotta made 27 starts in Altoona...

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Pirates Notebook: Should there be concern over Alvarez?

I’ve seen several comments in the last few weeks asking whether I’m concerned over the slow start so far by Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Pedro Alvarez.  After tonight’s game, Alvarez is hitting for a .222 average in 81 at-bats at the AAA level, with 23 strikeouts.  I’ve mentioned several times that I think Alvarez will have a big impact on the major league team this year, which would seem strange...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/29/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 4-1, thanks to a solid start from Daniel McCutchen.  McCutchen pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  The good outing isn’t a big surprise, since McCutchen had a 3.47 ERA in 142.2 innings at the AAA level in 2009.  He just needs to carry his success over to the major league level.  Michael Dubee made his AAA...

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Game 22 Live Blog: Pirates at Dodgers

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Lastings Milledge, LF2. Andy LaRoche, 3B3. Andrew McCutchen, CF4. Garrett Jones, RF5. Ryan Doumit, C6. Jeff Clement, 1B7. Bobby Crosby, 2B8. Brian Burres, P9. Ronny Cedeno, SS Dodgers: 1. Russell Martin, C2. Garret Anderson, LF3. Matt Kemp, CF4. Andre Ethier, RF5. Casey Blake, 3B6. James Loney, 1B7. Jamey Carroll, SS8. Blake DeWitt, 2B9. Clayton Kershaw, P...

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Minors Notes: Kevin Hart to the DL, Michael Dubee to AAA

A few minor league notes for today while we wait for the late west coast game… -Kevin Hart has been placed on the disabled list in Indianapolis with what the organization believes to be right biceps tendonitis.  No word on how long Hart will be out with the injury. -To help Indianapolis out with their pitching shortage, Michael Dubee has been called up from AA.  Dubee has been excellent in Altoona this year, with an...

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