Prospect Notebook: Stolmy Pimentel Dominates, While A.J. Burnett . . . Not So Much

Well, okay, A.J. Burnett isn’t a prospect, but he was pitching against them today as the Yankees’ AAA and AA squads visited Pirate City. Burnett struggled throughout his outing, a lot of it due to control issues, and didn’t manage to complete all his innings due to per-inning pitch limitations. Odd things like that happen in spring training games, so there’s no point getting stressed about it. By contrast,...

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Prospect Notebook: Alex Dickerson’s Back Problems Could Have a Solution

If you’ve been following my daily lineup notes, you probably noticed that Alex Dickerson had been out of the lineup for about a week. The first baseman wasn’t a red shirt, and finally returned to game action today. “Now I’m feeling real good,” Dickerson said of the stiffness. “It was rough for a couple of days. Just kind of locked up, and then after we worked on it, released the joint and I felt a...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon Doesn’t Have His Best Stuff; Pimentel Will Start

Jameson Taillon made his first start in minor league camp since being sent down. The last time the right-hander threw was in the World Baseball Classic. John Dreker described the game, noting that Taillon had good overall numbers, but was hit pretty hard. That was the case today. Taillon threw three innings this afternoon, and had his usual stuff. The fastball was 92-97 MPH, with the two-seam fastball coming on the low end of that...

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Prospect Notebook: A Look at Nick Kingham’s Constantly Increasing Velocity

Nick Kingham pitched his first game today against the New York Yankees minor league system. Kingham started the Double-A game, going two innings while allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander ran into some trouble in the first inning, getting hit around and having some trouble with his fastball command. After a visit to the mound from pitching coach Justin Meccage, Kingham responded with two...

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Prospect Notebook: Seeing Two Pitchers For the First Time; Brewer Hits 95

Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I’ve seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn’t pitch in the GCL, so I didn’t get to see him throw. Today, both pitchers were on the mound in the low-A game against the Toronto farm system. Here are my...

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Prospect Notebook: New Focus on the Running Game Extends to the Minors

It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping runners in check has been stressed over and over to the pitchers. In 2012 we saw the Pirates go a little overboard with their focus of...

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