2010 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

In the past two drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges.  In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas.  They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC.  Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up...

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Brian Burres sent to Indy, Dana Eveland added to roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Brian Burres to Indianapolis, and have added Dana Eveland to the major league roster.  The Pirates have no listed starters for Monday and Tuesday, although it seems like Eveland and Jeff Karstens will fill those spots. A point of interest: Brad Lincoln is currently scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday in Indianapolis.  I kind of expected Karstens to get demoted rather than Burres,...

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May Prospects Rundown: Altoona Curve

Altoona ranks at the top of the Eastern League standings, although the team didn’t look too promising in the month of May.  Outside of Alex Presley, the hitting has been disappointing, especially from top prospects like Gorkys Hernandez and Chase d’Arnaud.  The bright side has been the pitching, with Rudy Owens and Justin Wilson stepping up in the rotation, and Daniel Moskos excelling in the bullpen. Here is a...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/3/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Gwinnett 4-0.  Brad Lincoln pitched six shutout innings, with four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.  Lincoln threw 81 pitches, with 52 going for strikes.  Lincoln hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts, and has just three walks allowed in his last five starts, with 30 strikeouts in that span, over 34 innings of work.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched two shutout...

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May Prospects Rundown: Indianapolis Indians

In the month of April the Indianapolis Indians saw Pedro Alvarez and Brad Lincoln struggling, while Steve Pearce and Neil Walker had breakout months.  Walker and Pearce were both promoted to the majors in the month of May, and tons of speculation exists on whether Alvarez and Lincoln will be up in the opening weeks of June.  The Indians also saw a turnaround in their bullpen, with two...

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