Minor League Schedule: 4/9/12

All four teams play tonight, starting with Altoona at 6:30 against Akron. Both Altoona and Bradenton had off yesterday. Two big starts on the schedule for tonight. For Indianapolis, Charlie Morton takes the mound in a rehab start, while Gerrit Cole, the top ranked player in the Pirates farm system, makes his pro debut. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. AAA: Indianapolis (3-1) @ Columbus (3-1) 6:35pm Probable...

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Prospect Notebook: Lots of Heat

There were a lot of top Pirates prospects throwing today. Unfortunately, a lot of the top guys in the system were on the road. Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, both top ten prospects, started in the A-ball games at Toronto’s minor league complex. Missing out on those two guys throwing is missing out on some of the hardest throwers in the system. Taillon has touched 99 MPH in the past with his fastball, and has been sitting...

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Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

Throughout the year we’ve talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the Pirates aren’t at risk of losing any significant prospects to the Rule 5 draft.  They currently have five spots open...

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Altoona Curve Player Reports 8/23

The Altoona Curve split a double header with the Richmond Flying Squirrels tonight, losing game one 6-2, then winning game two 4-3.  Kyle McPherson started game one, and had a rough outing.  Aaron Pribanic started game two, striking out eight batters, but also getting hit around a bit.  Below are a few impressions from tonight’s games. Kyle McPherson Kyle McPherson had a rough first inning, giving up three of his four runs.  He...

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The Future of the Bullpen Looks Good

One of the strengths to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been their bullpen.  The bullpen has combined for a 3.43 ERA this year, which ranks 10th in the majors, and sixth in the National League.  The Pirates are anchored by one of the best closers in the game, Joel Hanrahan.  They’ve got two capable set up men in Chris Resop and Jose Veras.  Both have put up dominant strikeout numbers this year, and have held down the late...

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