Prospect Notebook: Chambers Working to be More Mature at the Plate

Evan Chambers working to be more mature at the plate…Carlos Paulino has an important role…Cole and Taillon dominate…hot start for the international hitters.

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Prospect Notebook: New Addition Rowland Dropped Arm Slot During Off-Season

Robby Rowland was about to lay down for a nap a few hours before tip-off in the Final Four game between Kentucky and Louisville when he got the call. Arizona Diamondbacks farm director called to inform Rowland that he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates received Rowland in a deal that allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to keep 2011 Rule 5 pick Brett Lorin. Arizona drafted Lorin in December after the Pirates’...

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Bradenton Marauders Notebook: Strong Play From Gift

The Bradenton Marauders took their first game of the season tonight against the St. Lucie Mets, winning 3-2 in the 11th inning on a walk off hit by pitch by Stefan Welch. The Mets loaded the bases with one out to bring up Welch, who spent the last three years playing for St. Lucie. The first pitch thrown hit Welch in the leg, bringing home Gift Ngoepe from third for the win. STRONG ALL AROUND PLAY FROM GIFT Gift Ngoepe had a great...

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Prospect Notebook: Strickland Goes Five in Marauders Scrimmage

The Bradenton Marauders played a scrimmage game tonight at McKechnie Field, opening the event to the public free of charge. Hunter Strickland made the start for the Marauders, pitching five in the seven inning contest. The Marauders were playing players from extended Spring Training, mostly those who will be ticketed for the State College Spikes roster this summer. Strickland, however, was pitching against the Marauders’ lineup....

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Prospect Notebook: Locke Adding Lilly-Esque Turn to Delivery

Extended Spring Training started today for the Pittsburgh Pirates. For some minor league players, this is a time to get some informal game experience before they eventually head to State College or the Gulf Coast League for their Spring debuts. For others, this is a time to make any last minute preparations for the 2012 season. That’s especially true in the first days for starting pitchers who are slated for a full season...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon and Allie Results, McPherson to the DL

Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie started on opposite teams in an intrasquad game today at Pirate City. Both right-handers pitched in to the fifth inning, and finished with 70 or more pitches. Taillon had a dominant outing, going up against the high-A lineup. He threw five innings, allowing a run on two hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. The 2010 first round pick got a lot of strikeouts on his curveball. He threw 70 pitches,...

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