Pirates sign Dominican pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican pitcher Jonathan Herrand out of the Dominican league La Javilla for a $185 K signing bonus, according to Jeffrey Nolasco of Hoy (via MLB Trade Rumors). The report says that Herrand is 6′ 4″, and throws a fastball between 93 and 95 MPH, with a good changeup and an excellent curveball.  Herrand’s coach compares his mechanics to a young Pedro Martinez.  Herrand is a...

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The Lack of a Leadoff Hitter is a Created Problem

The Post-Gazette notebook today has a question as to why Aki Iwamura, current owner of a .169 average and a .275 OBP, is still leading off.  John Russell responded with this quote: “If he’s going to get out of this, you’d like to get him up there as much as you can,” Russell said. “We have put different guys in the leadoff spot, and Andrew McCutchen can do it, but he’s doing well in the No. 3...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Akron 5-2.  Bryan Morris made his second start in AA, and went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Morris has allowed two runs in 11 innings so far, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio in his AA debut.  Tony Watson pitched two innings, allowing a run on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts....

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Game 47 Live Blog: Pirates at Reds

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B 2. Neil Walker, 3B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Garrett Jones, RF 5. Ryan Doumit, C 6. Lastings Milledge, LF 7. Jeff Clement, 1B 8. Ronny Cedeno, SS 9. Ross Ohlendorf, P Reds: 1. Orlando Cabrera, SS 2. Miguel Cairo, 1B 3. Brandon Phillips, 2B 4. Scott Rolen, 3B 5. Jay Bruce, RF 6. Laynce Nix, LF 7. Drew Stubbs, CF 8. Ryan Hanigan, SS 9. Bronson Arroyo,...

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Victor Black to the DL, Jhonatan Ramos to West Virginia

The West Virginia Power have placed Victor Black on the 7-day disabled list.  Left handed pitcher Jhonatan Ramos has been added to the West Virginia roster to take Black’s place.  Black recently was added to the West Virginia roster, but struggled in his first two outings, going 4.2 innings and allowing five runs on three hits, with five walks and eight strikeouts. Black looked good in his first start, striking out...

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