Video Breakdown: Another promising start for Pimentel

Stolmy Pimentel came to the Pirates organization this off-season in the Joel Hanrahan trade with lots of question marks. Not long ago, he was a highly regarded pitching prospect. Then the Double-A Eastern League happened, with Pimentel posting a 9.12 and 4.59 ERA in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Now on his third tour of the league with Altoona, Pimentel is pitching a lot better, and on Thursday night had has third consecutive good start...

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Prospect Watch: Bell Has a Big Day at the Plate, Cole Struggles With Control

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players...

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Bradenton Marauders Riding a Wave of Walk Off Victories

The Bradenton Marauders have now had three straight walk off victories. On Friday night, Alen Hanson came up in the bottom of the ninth inning with one runner on and the score tied at 5-5. Hanson had given up two errors in the top of the ninth inning, which cost Bradenton a two run lead. He made up for the errors, lining a triple off the wall in right to score Elias Diaz from second and win the game. On Saturday the Marauders won in a...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/21/13

Today’s Starters: Gerrit Cole, Casey Sadler, Robby Rowland, Orlando Castro

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Prospect Watch: Impressive Streak For Andrew Lambo

Top Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, HR: Matt Curry

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Prospect Notebook: Luis Heredia, Zack Dodson, and Rinku Singh Set to Return Soon

I’ve had a lot of questions early in the year about the progress of Luis Heredia. The right-hander is in extended Spring Training, and hasn’t thrown in many games. He has been throwing on the side, and pitched a live batting practice earlier this week. Back in the middle of March I spoke with Pirates farm director Larry Broadway, who said that the team would probably take a similar approach with Heredia as they did with...

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