Prospect Notebook: Pirates Won’t Hold Oliver Back, Cole Having Command Issues

One of the top starters in the minor league system this year has been Andy Oliver. His start last week was the highest game score in the minor league system this year, and it was the second of three weeks where he was the top pitcher. Oliver was acquired from the Detroit Tigers over the off-season in a one-for-one trade for catching prospect Ramon Cabrera. He was a second rounder in the 2009 draft, taken by Detroit 58th overall. He...

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First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

If there’s one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like they will be put to the test this year. Tom Bragg wrote today about how the bullpen has been over-worked, noting that a lot of the current relievers are on pace for career innings totals. If...

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Top Performers: Andy Oliver Has Been One of the Best Pitchers So Far

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

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Prospect Watch: Andy Oliver and the West Virginia Offense Go Heavy on the Strikeouts

Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, HR: Carlos Mesa

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Minor League Schedule: 4/19/13

Today’s starters: Andy Oliver, Tyler Waldron, Adrian Sampson, Joely Rodriguez

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