Prospect Notebook: Starters Getting Ready For the Season

Just like major league camp, the Pirates slowly build their minor league starters up to the point where they’re ready for the season by the time they break camp. Typically a minor league start will go around 75 pitches in the Pirates’ system. In the last few days several pitchers have hit that mark in their Spring Training outings. Nick Kingham threw 75 pitches on Friday in his final start of the Spring. Gerrit Cole threw...

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Prospect Notebook: Strickland Very Efficient, Kingham Hits 95 Again

Hunter Strickland made a start today at Pirate City, continuing his recovery from an arm injury which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Strickland went five innings, and threw 55 pitches, with 43 for strikes. He was very efficient, which was the cause for the low pitch count. In his five innings, Strickland gave up two runs on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He was pounding the strike zone, throwing 43 of his 55...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Five Innings, Hafner’s Spring Debut

Right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched five innings today at Pirate City, going up against the Philadelphia Phillies’ A-ball team. Cole gave up just one run on five hits, with the run coming in the first inning. The top prospect didn’t issue a walk and struck out three. Cole threw 65 pitches, with 45 going for strikes. His fastball speed ranged from 91-98, with his two-seam fastball being responsible for the lower half...

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Prospect Notebook: ZVR Hit Hard, Latimore Hoping For Walks

For the first half of the 2011 season, Zack Von Rosenberg was hit hard in West Virginia. The 2009 6th round draft pick turned things around in the second half, mostly focusing on pitching off his curveball, setting up more favorable counts to boost his confidence when it came time to throw his fastball. This spring the right-hander has moved the focus back to commanding his fastball, and the results have been similar to the first half...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon Hit Hard, Allie Walks Five, Paulino’s Cannon

Top pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie took the mound today for their first starts at Pirate City this Spring. Both pitchers struggled in different ways, with both leaving their starts early in the fourth inning of action. Taillon was hit hard throughout the start. In the first inning he gave up a solo home run, and was sitting 96-97 MPH with his fastball. The second inning started off rough. After a four pitch walk,...

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Prospect Notebook: Andrew Lambo’s 2011 Struggles

Once considered one of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball, Andrew Lambo’s value has been on the decline. The outfielder was the top prospect in the Dodgers’ system and the 49th best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, prior to the 2009 season. After struggling at the plate, and dealing with a suspension for recreational drug use, the Dodgers traded him away to the Pirates along with James McDonald in...

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