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, with 45 going for strikes. His fastball speed ranged from 91-98, with his two-seam fastball being responsible for the lower half...

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Reviewing the Progress of the 2009 Prep Pitchers

My process for evaluating players out of high school is simple. I don’t really start grading players heavily until what would have been their junior year of college. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the obvious highly touted Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell type players. But for the most part, I don’t like penalizing a player because he turned pro out of high school and struggled his first two years, rather than...

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McDonald Struggles with Command in Loss to Twins

BRADENTON, Fla. – Right-hander James McDonald’s last trip to the mound on Saturday against the Houston Astros was impressive. McDonald tossed 5.1 of hitless ball, and overall allowed just one run on two hits over 7.0 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three while throwing 75 pitches. McDonald fared much differently in his fifth start during Grapefruit League action of the spring on Thursday afternoon at...

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Morton to Start the Season on the DL

BRADENTON, Fla. — Charlie Morton has been working hard progressing back from offseason left hip surgery this spring. The right-hander however, despite taking huge steps forward, will start the 2012 season on the disabled list. The decision to place Morton on the 15-day D.L. came the day after giving up six runs on eight hits over five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. After his start, Morton said he...

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Hughes Learning to Pitch Inside More Efficiently

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Jared Hughes took a huge step forward during the 2011 season after he changed his arm slot to a three-quarters release, and was moved into the bullpen. The hard throwing 6′ 7″ right-hander believed throwing over the top would be more deceiving for hitters, trying to use his height to get hitters out. But once Hughes moved his arm slot, he saw himself throwing more strikes. He also saw himself...

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Pirates Reassign Evans, Fox, Fryer, Igarashi to Minor League Camp

BRADENTON, Fla. — With just a week until Opening Day at PNC Park on April 5 in Pittsburgh, prior to the Pirates 1:05 start against the Minnesota Twins, the club reassigned infielder Nick Evans, Jake Fox, catcher Eric Fryer and right-hander Ryota Igarashi to Minor League camp. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said he hopes to retain all four of the players to Triple-A, and each could have a chance to help out the club at...

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