Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler Is a Sleeper Pitching Prospect

Casey Sadler’s progression in pro ball so far has matched his progression on the mound in college. In college, he began his career in the bullpen, then later moved to the rotation full time. Sadler was moved back to the bullpen once he turned pro, and has stayed there until this season. “It was a little frustrating at first, because everyone wants to be a starter,” Sadler said. The right-hander made one start in...

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Prospect Notebook: Trading From the Rule 5 Candidates

Every year we keep track of the upcoming Rule 5 eligible players, tracking who the Pittsburgh Pirates will have to protect the following off-season. The term typically used is “The Rule 5 Roster Crunch”. That term has led to a big misconception about the Rule 5 draft. The Pirates are at risk of losing players every year in the Rule 5 draft. They lost Nathan Adcock in the 2010 draft, and Brett Lorin this past year (although...

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Prospect Notebook: Baker Enjoying Move To Pen; McPherson Trying to Get Back on Track

Nathan Baker spent the entire 2011 season with the High-A Bradenton Marauders, where he made 25 starts (29 appearances). The left-hander posted a 3.34 ERA over a career-high 148.1 innings and cut down his walk to strikeout ratio with a 6.4 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9. Baker was promoted to Double-A Altoona after spring training this year and started off strong with the Curve. The lefty allowed just one run over five frames in his debut at the...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Reflects on Futures Game, Colla Incorporates Long Toss

Gerrit Cole has always been a starter, so when he was asked to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning of the MLB Futures game on Sunday, it was a little strange for the right-hander. “It was weird,” Cole said. “I think it was weird for everybody. We had 10 starters and I don’t think anybody knew what to do. I was up and down twice. It was just awkward. It’s an exhibition game, you just go out there and really...

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Prospect Notebook: Marte Could be Promoted During Midst of Pennant Race

By Kristy Robinson and Tim Williams Prospect Starling Marte has been swinging a hot bat in Triple-A recently, which has begun the frenzy of questions on when he will be called up. Marte is hitting for a .290/.350/.492 line with nine homers in 331 at-bats in Triple-A this year, and has a 14 game hitting streak after going 1-for-4 on Sunday. It was only a few weeks ago that Marte had an OPS in the .750 range. But the center fielder has...

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Prospect Notebook: Pirates Successful in the International Market

Since Neal Huntington and company took over in 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates have upped their amateur spending budgets each year. In the draft, no team spent more money than the Pirates from 2008-2011. In the international market, the Pirates have upped their budget to $3 M a year. They’ve gone over that budget the last two years to sign Luis Heredia in 2010, and Harold Ramirez in 2011. The Pirates have spent $9.09 M in the last...

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