Prospect Notebook: Baker’s Fastball Command, Welker’s Control

Nathan Baker was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He spent the last two years in A-ball, playing in high-A during the 2011 season. This year Baker will be making the jump to the Double-A level, starting in the Altoona rotation. The Pirates sent Baker to the Arizona Fall League over the off-season to give him some experience against upper level hitting. The left-hander had some inconsistent...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Four Strong Against Yankees

Gerrit Cole took the mound at Pirate City today for a start against the New York Yankees’ A-ball team. Cole made his last start against the Yankees’ Double-A team earlier in the week. The outing for the 2011 first overall pick was a strong one. Cole went four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and one strikeout. He threw 53 pitches, with 38 going for strikes. In the first inning Cole got two ground outs...

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Prospect Notebook: Morris Working On Cutter, Owens Looks Crisp

Bryan Morris threw two innings today at Pirate City, and flashed a new pitch in the process. Morris throws a mid-90s fastball, and also flashes a good curveball, but today while watching him it appeared that he was also throwing a slider. I spoke with Morris afterwards, who mentioned that the pitch was a cutter. The pitch was a variation of a pitch Morris worked on last year, which was more of a slider. This year Morris has been...

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Prospect Notebook: Alderson Touches 93 MPH

I wrote the other day about Tim Alderson going back to an old long toss program, and how his old velocity is back this Spring. Alderson threw an inning today in the Triple-A game, and the results were once again strong. The first pitch out of Alderson’s hand was a fastball. The gun reading? 93 MPH. Alderson followed with three straight 91 MPH fastballs, getting a ground out back to the mound. In the next at-bat he led off with...

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Prospect Notebook: Alvarez and Jones Homer at Pirate City

Today was another camp day at Pirate City. Unlike yesterday, the Pirates only had one intersquad game going, this one lasting three and a half innings. Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson were scheduled to throw in the game, with Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones over from major league camp to get at-bats. Alvarez and Jones hit every half inning for the first two and a half frames, getting five plate appearances each. Alvarez went 2-for-5...

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