Prospect Notebook: Cole Making Progress, But Still Needs Those Strikeouts

At the start of the year, the expectation from most Pirates fans was for Gerrit Cole to go to Triple-A as a formality, just long enough to get an extra year of control and avoid Super Two status. As it turned out, Cole had some work to do at the level before he could be considered for the majors. In his first four starts, the right-hander dealt with command issues, leading to long innings. Cole wasn’t giving up a lot of runs,...

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Prospect Notebook: Castro, Glasnow Pitching Well for West Virginia

Through the first few weeks of the 2013 season the West Virginia Power proved it could hit, but the pitching left something to be desired. That trend started to turn recently with Power pitchers starting to pick up the slack — especially Orlando Castro and Tyler Glasnow. Castro leads the team with 40 innings pitched with 37 strikeouts, two walks (not a typo) and seven earned runs allowed (with two of those earned runs and one of...

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Prospect Notebook: Lambo a Bright Spot in Altoona; Sadler Shows Promise

It was a rough week for the Altoona Curve, winning only one of their last seven games.  The team continues to struggle offensively, a problem compounded by first baseman Matt Curry going on the disabled list with a right hand injury.  On the bright side, Andrew Lambo continues to hit for power and Casey Sadler turned in his best start of the season.  In addition, Jameson Taillon left his Tuesday start early after taking a hard...

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Prospect Notebook: The Other Guys From the Hanrahan Trade

Joel Hanrahan was placed on the disabled list in Boston yesterday with right forearm tightness. I’ve pointed out in the past that the Hanrahan trade is looking good, simply because of how Hanrahan’s value has plummeted, Mark Melancon has rebounded to a top reliever, and Stolmy Pimentel has gotten off to a great start in Altoona. The fact that the Pirates got four years of Melancon for one year of Hanrahan tips the trade in...

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Prospect Notebook: Vasquez, Curry, and Lambo leading the Altoona offense

The Curve lost their best hitter when Adalberto Santos went down with a hip injury April 15, and the offense has struggled for noticeable spells in the early season.  Santos returned Tuesday night, so there is some optimism he’ll be able to pick up where he left off prior to his injury. Andy Vasquez has been the team’s best hitter over the past ten games putting up a .417/.432/.556 line, followed by Matt Curry’s .316/.381/.500. ...

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Prospect Notebook: Pirates Have a Lot of Pitching Depth in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians are off to a 19-7 start this year, which is their best start in 54 years. The last time they started off this well was in 1959, when they went 22-7 to start the year. Minor league wins and losses don’t mean much. The main focus is developing players for the majors. In the Triple-A level, the focus is also on providing depth for the majors. Wins can be nice to see, since they suggest that something is...

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