Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 8-1.  Michael Crotta continued his impressive season, going seven innings and allowing just one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Crotta has a 2.86 ERA in his three starts for Indianapolis so far, with an 11:2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of work.  Anthony Claggett and Jeremy Powell each pitched a perfect inning in relief. The Indianapolis offense was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/13/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 8-3.  Donald Veal got the start, only lasting 4.2 innings, and allowing three runs on six hits.  Veal struck out six and walked one, although he did hit three batters.  Justin Thomas got the win, pitching 2.1 perfect innings, with one strikeout.  Steven Jackson also pitched a perfect inning in relief, and Vinnie Chulk followed that up with a shutout inning,...

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Bad inning from Alderson costs Altoona the win

Tonight was the first opportunity I had to see Tim Alderson pitch.  Heading in to the season I had Alderson as the number four prospect on my top 50 prospects list, based off of reputation and his numbers prior to his 2009 struggles after the trade to the Pirates.  I don’t make it a habit of taking too much away from one outing, but based on Alderson’s struggles this year, his reported dip in velocity, and what I...

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Altoona at Richmond tonight

I’ll be going to the Altoona game at Richmond tonight to see the Curve in action.  Tim Alderson will be on the mound for Altoona.  Alderson has struggled this year, with a 6.14 ERA in 29.1 innings over six starts.  In his last two starts he has allowed a combined eight runs in 9.2 innings of work.  However, the last two outings have seen some major improvements from Alderson. In Alderson’s first four...

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Justin Wilson is heating up

Don’t look now, but Justin Wilson may be heating up a bit early this season. Wilson made his professional debut in 2009 with the Lynchburg Hillcats.  The placement was considered aggressive for several reasons.  First, Wilson was just out of college, so the jump to high-A immediately is the extreme.  Second, Wilson was a fifth round draft choice, held out all summer in 2008, and as a result, didn’t play at...

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