A Rotation Full of Prospects at Indianapolis

Last year it looked like the Pittsburgh Pirates would have a rotation full of prospects. Brad Lincoln was expected to start the year in Triple-A, while the “Altoona Four” of Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Jeff Locke were expected to make the jump to the next level. Only two of the Altoona pitchers made that jump, with Owens and Wilson getting the call, while Morris and Locke returned to Double-A to get more...

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Pirates Reassign Four to Minor League Camp

BRADENTON, Fla. — Prior to the club’s 1:05 start against the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned four players to minor league camp. Those players include: outfielder Brandon Boggs, right-hander Daniel Cabrera, infielder Jeff Clement, and right-hander Tim Wood. Boggs went 2-for-20 this spring (.100 avg) with eight strikeouts. The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in 16 games with...

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Pirates Release Ten Minor League Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates released ten players from minor league camp yesterday, Pirates Prospects has learned. The players released, and some brief information on each: Calvin Anderson - The 6′ 7″, 240 pound first baseman had the build of a defensive lineman, which is fitting because his dad was a defensive lineman for the Steelers. Anderson struggled with his hitting in high-A, and didn’t have a defensive position,...

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Pirates Notebook: Watson Focusing on Consistency

TAMPA, Fla. — Left-hander Tony Watson spent the offseason focused on consistency. After making his Major League debut with the Pirates on June 8 against Arizona last season, Watson finished with a 3.95 ERA over 43 appearances (41.0 innings). But his ERA jumped up and down over his four months in Pittsburgh. Watson worked hard over the offseason in order to improve upon that. “Just consistency,” Watson said of his...

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Bedard Focuses on Pitching Inside In Loss to Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. — ¬†Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night. Bedard said he was shooting for 65-70 pitches for his outing, and finished with 68 on the night. 44 of them were strikes. “Middle of spring. Just try to get the pitch count up....

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Prospect Notebook: Mega Prospect Day

The Pirates had a camp day today, which ended with four intersquad games. Days like this are like mega prospect days. Everywhere you look there’s a Pirates pitcher throwing, and a Pirates hitter hitting. The Pirates had games on all four fields, which can make the coverage overwhelming. Fortunately we had four people at Pirate City today, as Kristy, Wilbur, and Kevin were also in attendance at various times throughout the day....

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