Prospect Watch: Dickerson Has Four Hit Night

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 5.14) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 3.12) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.239) - 0-for-4, 3 K 4. Josh Bell, RF (.255) - 0-for-4, 3 K 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training 6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.250)...

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2012 Bradenton Marauders Season Preview

Yesterday I previewed the 2012 West Virginia Power. Today the season previews continue with a look at the 2012 Bradenton Marauders. The Marauders will open the year with the top two prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. They will also feature Colton Cain and Alex Dickerson, who both ranked as top 20 prospects in the Pirates Prospects 2012 rankings. Other top prospects to watch are Mel...

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Prospect Notebook: Strickland Very Efficient, Kingham Hits 95 Again

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 was the cause for the low pitch count. In his five innings, Strickland gave up two runs on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He was pounding the strike zone, throwing 43 of his 55...

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Prospect Notebook: Homer, Double, and an Error for Dickerson

Alex Dickerson had a big day at the plate in today’s A-ball game, collecting two hits, including a home run and a double. The first baseman homered in his first at-bat when the Toronto pitcher left a fastball out over the plate. Dickerson saw the exact same pitch to start the at-bat, and decided to act the second time around. “I was thinking he would come back with another one,” Dickerson said about the pitch....

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Alex Dickerson Could Be the Long Term Answer at First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently without a long-term solution at first base. The team will enter the 2012 season with a platoon of Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee at the spot. Matt Hague could be a backup plan should the platoon struggle, although Hague profiles more as a James Loney type, and not a long-term solution. The best long-term solution might be 2011 third round pick Alex Dickerson. In a draft that featured outfielder...

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