June Prospects Rundown: Rookie League Pirates

The Pirates have three rookie league teams: the Gulf Coast League Pirates, plus a team in the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer leagues.  Last year the VSL Pirates were one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pirates’ system, due to a lot of talented international players like Exicardo Cayonez and Jorge Bishop.  This year those players have moved up to the GCL, while a new crop of players have arrived in the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/11/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 6-4.  Dana Eveland got the start, but had a short outing, allowing two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Eveland left early due to a rain delay that lasted for just over an hour in the bottom of the second.  Jeremy Powell pitched 5.1 innings in relief, allowing two runs on two hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Brian...

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Pirates demote Jason Jaramillo and Justin Thomas

The Pittsburgh Pirates demoted relief pitcher Justin Thomas and backup catcher Jason Jaramillo after the game today, just before the All-Star break.  The Pirates are expected to activate Zach Duke to replace Thomas, and there has been a lot of speculation that Erik Kratz will get the call to the majors to replace Jaramillo. Duke is currently on the 15-day disabled list, and just coming off of two rehab starts in Altoona....

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Jeff Locke Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitching prospect Jeff Locke from Bradenton to Altoona.  Locke tweeted a message saying he was headed North earlier tonight, and after an inquiry on the message, I received confirmation that Locke had been promoted to Altoona. Locke had a 3.54 ERA in 86.1 innings in Bradenton this year, with an 8.7 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9 ratio.  This was a big improvement over his 4.59 ERA in 127.1 innings in...

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Minors Notes: Hayden Penn, Colton Cain, Jairo Marquez, Pat Irvine

Some minor league notes before today’s major league game begins… -Japanese team Chiba Lotte is trying to acquire Hayden Penn from the Pirates.  Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reported that a deal was close, although Dejan Kovacevic mentioned that there was only an inquiry.  Penn was claimed off of waivers during Spring Training, and was designated for assignment at the start of the season.  He cleared waivers...

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