Nancy Zinni

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Wilson, Watson, Lincoln, And Valdez

    A few more pitchers in the Pirates' minor league organization:

    Justin Wilson --  L/L,  6' 2",  233 lb
    Wilson was chosen by the Pirates in the 5th round of the 2008 draft.  He signed late, so made his pro debut in 2009 with A+ Lynchburg.  He had a 6-8...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Owens, Morris, Locke, and More

    Reaching the upper levels of the Pirates' minor league pitchers....

    Rudy Owens  --  L/L,  6' 3",  215 lb
    The Pirates selected Owens in the 28th round of the 2006 draft.  After so-so seasons with the GCL Pirates and State College, Owens suddenly had the light...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Cox, Hughes, Krol, And Moreno

    Less than 24 hours until the Pirates begin 2011, and just a week until the minor leagues begin their season... and a few more pitchers to look at:

    Tyler Cox  --  Bats Right/ Throws Left;  6' 3",  200 lb
    Cox was the Pirates' 35th round pick in...

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    Really Last Minute Roster Moves

    This is the time of year when teams release players from their minor league camps - those who are not going to fit into the organization's plans.  The Pirates have released these players:

    Inf Adenson Chourio  --  West Virginia and Bradenton in 2010
    Inf Christian Colonel -- he'd just...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Alderson, Thompson, Dubee, And More

    More pitchers in the Pirates' minor league organization:

    Tim Alderson --  R/R,  6' 6",  217 lb
    Alderson joined the Pirates as part of the trade that sent Freddy Sanchez to the Giants in 2009.  There was some concern at the time that Alderson's velocity had...

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    Pirates Take Final Warm-Up

    Pirates  4,  Phillies  1

    The Pirates appreciated the warmer temperatures this afternoon -- warmer than last night, anyway.  They held the Phillies to just 2 hits, and starter Charlie Morton gave up only one unearned run in 5 innings, as they won the second of two pre-season games in...

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    Almost-Last-Minute Roster Adjustments

    The Pirates announced two roster moves this afternoon:
    RHP Mike Crotta had been not-entirely-officially told that he'd make the major league team.  Now it's official:  Crotta and reliever Garrett Olson are on the Pirates' Opening Day roster. 
    That means that reliever Chris Leroux will be assigned to Indianapolis.  Olson, a lefty,...

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    Pirates’ Starting Lineup Shiver In Philly

    Phillies  8,  Pirates  5

    The Pirates' regular starters played the entire game on a chilly night in Philadelphia -- a big change from the weather they'd enjoyed in Florida for the past 6 weeks.  2B Neil Walker provided the offensive boost, reaching base in 4 of his 5 at-bats,...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Pribanic. Leach, And Friends

    Moving on up, as we look at the Pirates' minor league pitchers....

    Aaron Pribanic --
      R/R,  6' 4",  200 lb
    Pribanic came to the Pirates in July 2009, as a part of the trade with the Mariners for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell.  He was assigned to West...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Alvarado, Bankston, Navarro, And Holden

    Continuing through the Pirates' minor league pitching ranks:

    Gabriel Alvarado --  R/R,  6' 2",  175 lb 
    Alvarado is a Venezuelan native who made his US debut in 2008 after two seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League.  He moved up to West Virginia for 2009, where he pitched mostly as...