Notes: Zach Duke, Jack Taschner, Draft Pick Rumors, Kevin Mort

Some notes from the last two days, plus some news items that I’ve mentioned on Twitter, but have yet to post to the site: -Zach Duke has a minor muscle strain near his left elbow, and will miss his next scheduled start on Tuesday.  Duke has struggled this year with a 5.49 ERA in 80.1 innings, which is his worst total since 2007 when he had a 5.53 ERA.  Duke has an 8.18 ERA in his last four starts, which probably would...

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Brock Holt out for the season

Brock Holt has been diagnosed with a torn MCL, will be on crutches for six weeks, and will likely require surgery.  This will likely end his first full season in the Pirates’ organization.  Holt was injured on June 5th in a collision with second baseman Adenson Chourio. Holt, drafted in the ninth round in the 2009 draft, put up a .299/.361/.449 line in 254 at-bats with State College last year.  He made a surprise...

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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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