• Prospect Notebook: When Will Cole and Taillon Move Up?

    It’s a question I get asked daily. Several times a day, even. When will Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon move up to Altoona? Both starters are putting up strong numbers in Bradenton this year. Cole has a 3.18 ERA in 34 innings, with some dominant secondary numbers, including a 10.3 K/9 and...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole and Taillon On the Right Track For Double-A

    Top pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are both off to strong starts in high-A Bradenton.  After Sunday’s start, Cole has a 3.54 ERA in 28 innings during his first professional season, with a 34:10 K/BB ratio. He has struck out at least a batter an inning in each of his...

  • Prospect Notebook: Allie Demoted, Sanchez Working on Throws

    It’s been a rough start to the 2012 season for right-hander Stetson Allie. The 2010 second round draft pick left his first start of the year after recording one out. He walked four, didn’t allow a hit, and gave up two runs. He went 14 days until he made his next appearance,...

  • Prospect Notebook: Alderson Needs to Earn Rotation Spot

    On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates promoted right-handed pitcher Tim Alderson from Altoona to Indianapolis. The move was made due to a combination of promotions and injuries that left Indianapolis short on pitchers. The Pirates promoted Brad Lincoln to the majors, and Shairon Martis went on the disabled list in Triple-A, forcing the...

  • Prospect Notebook: Taillon Reducing Drop In His Delivery

    Jameson Taillon made his pro debut last year in West Virginia, throwing 92.2 innings in his rookie season. The second overall pick of the 2010 draft had decent numbers, with a 3.98 ERA, a 9.4 K/9, and a 2.1 BB/9 ratio, but he wasn’t exactly dominating hitters. In two starts so far...

  • Prospect Notebook: Hunter Strickland’s Return to the Mound

    In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded first baseman Adam LaRoche to the Boston Red Sox. In return they received Triple-A shortstop Argenis Diaz, and low-A right handed pitcher Hunter Strickland. Strickland was in the middle of a strong season. He had a 3.35 ERA in 83.1 innings for the Red Sox low-A...

  • Prospect Notebook: Chambers Working to be More Mature at the Plate

    Evan Chambers working to be more mature at the plate...Carlos Paulino has an important role...Cole and Taillon dominate...hot start for the international hitters.

  • Prospect Notebook: New Addition Rowland Dropped Arm Slot During Off-Season

    Robby Rowland was about to lay down for a nap a few hours before tip-off in the Final Four game between Kentucky and Louisville when he got the call. Arizona Diamondbacks farm director called to inform Rowland that he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates received Rowland in a...

  • Bradenton Marauders Notebook: Strong Play From Gift

    The Bradenton Marauders took their first game of the season tonight against the St. Lucie Mets, winning 3-2 in the 11th inning on a walk off hit by pitch by Stefan Welch. The Mets loaded the bases with one out to bring up Welch, who spent the last three years playing for...

  • Prospect Notebook: Strickland Goes Five in Marauders Scrimmage

    The Bradenton Marauders played a scrimmage game tonight at McKechnie Field, opening the event to the public free of charge. Hunter Strickland made the start for the Marauders, pitching five in the seven inning contest. The Marauders were playing players from extended Spring Training, mostly those who will be ticketed for the...

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