• Prospect Notebook: Hafner Having Success With New Slider; Kingham and Fuesser Pitch Well

    Hafner allowed just one hit and no walks in two innings The Pirates took on the Blue Jays in three lower level minor league games.  The two class A squads hooked up, while the teams added a rookie level game. The high A game featured Nick Kingham, although he didn't start.  Jared...

  • Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton and Duke Welker

    Sadler allowed just one hit and no walks in five shutout innings The Pirates' AAA and AA squads took on their Toronto counterparts at Pirate City today.  They got good starts from Brandon Cumpton in the AAA game and Casey Sadler in the AA game.  Cumpton went four and a third innings,...

  • Prospect Notebook: Good Pitching in the Class A Games

    Rodriguez allowed no earned runs and fanned four over four innings The Pirates played host to the Yankees' class A teams at Pirate City today, in games dominated by the pitching.  Outside of a first inning outburst by the Pirates' high A squad, there was little offense. The low A game finished...

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

    Pimentel fanned six in five shutout innings 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...

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

    Could Alex Dickerson's back problems be over? 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...

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

    Jameson Taillon didn't have his best stuff today. 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...

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

    Nick Kingham was sitting 93-95 MPH through two innings today. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Prospect Notebook: Looking at a Few 2013 Breakout Candidates

    In 2012 the Pittsburgh Pirates featured two of the biggest breakout players in all of minor league baseball. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both had huge seasons, propelling each hitter onto national top 100 lists. During Spring Training last year, I identified Hanson and Polanco as breakout candidates, after watching them for...

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