• Prospect Notebook: Locke Adding Lilly-Esque Turn to Delivery

    Extended Spring Training started today for the Pittsburgh Pirates. For some minor league players, this is a time to get some informal game experience before they eventually head to State College or the Gulf Coast League for their Spring debuts. For others, this is a time to make any last minute preparations...

  • Prospect Notebook: Taillon and Allie Results, McPherson to the DL

    Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie started on opposite teams in an intrasquad game today at Pirate City. Both right-handers pitched in to the fifth inning, and finished with 70 or more pitches. Taillon had a dominant outing, going up against the high-A lineup. He threw five innings, allowing a run on two...

  • Prospect Notebook: Starters Getting Ready For the Season

    Just like major league camp, the Pirates slowly build their minor league starters up to the point where they're ready for the season by the time they break camp. Typically a minor league start will go around 75 pitches in the Pirates' system. In the last few days several pitchers have hit...

  • Prospect Notebook: Strickland Very Efficient, Kingham Hits 95 Again

    Hunter Strickland gave up two runs in five innings today. Hunter Strickland made a start today at Pirate City, continuing his recovery from an arm injury which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Strickland went five innings, and threw 55 pitches, with 43 for strikes. He was very efficient, which...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Five Innings, Hafner’s Spring Debut

    Right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched five innings today at Pirate City, going up against the Philadelphia Phillies' A-ball team. Cole gave up just one run on five hits, with the run coming in the first inning. The top prospect didn't issue a walk and struck out three. Cole threw 65 pitches,...

  • Prospect Notebook: ZVR Hit Hard, Latimore Hoping For Walks

    For the first half of the 2011 season, Zack Von Rosenberg was hit hard in West Virginia. The 2009 6th round draft pick turned things around in the second half, mostly focusing on pitching off his curveball, setting up more favorable counts to boost his confidence when it came time to throw...

  • Prospect Notebook: Taillon Hit Hard, Allie Walks Five, Paulino’s Cannon

    Top pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie took the mound today for their first starts at Pirate City this Spring. Both pitchers struggled in different ways, with both leaving their starts early in the fourth inning of action. Taillon was hit hard throughout the start. In the first inning he gave...

  • Prospect Notebook: Andrew Lambo’s 2011 Struggles

    Once considered one of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball, Andrew Lambo's value has been on the decline. The outfielder was the top prospect in the Dodgers' system and the 49th best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, prior to the 2009 season. After struggling at the plate, and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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