Minor League Schedule: 4/4/13

Today is Opening Day of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates minor league season. All four full-season affiliates open their schedule tonight, two at home and two on the road. Starting tomorrow, I will include a link for the Prospect Watch in this section everyday, where we give a summary of every game played by a Pirates affiliate from the previous day. It will be posted nightly throughout the entire minor league season. AAA: Indianapolis...

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Pirate City Results: Holmes, Kingham, Oliver, Escobar

Today was a camp day at Pirate City. They held intra-squad games, with Indianapolis taking on Bradenton and West Virginia taking on the extended Spring Training group. The matchups were more even than it seems. The pitchers from each level threw for the other team, taking on their level. For example, rather than having Andy Oliver throwing for Indianapolis against an A-ball team, Oliver pitched for Bradenton and threw against the...

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Prospect Notebook: Alex Dickerson’s Back Problems Could Have a Solution

If you’ve been following my daily lineup notes, you probably noticed that Alex Dickerson had been out of the lineup for about a week. The first baseman wasn’t a red shirt, and finally returned to game action today. “Now I’m feeling real good,” Dickerson said of the stiffness. “It was rough for a couple of days. Just kind of locked up, and then after we worked on it, released the joint and I felt a...

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Pirate City Notes: Oliver to be a Starter; When will Heredia be in West Virginia?

The minor leaguers take on the Yankees farm system today. The lineups, pitchers, and notes are below. First, a few notes from camp. **Andy Oliver was optioned to Triple-A today. The Pirates plan on stretching him out in minor league camp and using him as a starter. **Luis Heredia may have a shot at West Virginia this year, but it might not be right away. He could be on a similar timeline as Jameson Taillon in 2011. Taillon started the...

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MLB Top 20 Pirates Prospects

Another Pirates prospect ranking has been posted today, this one by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. He has posted his┬álist of the top 20 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, complete with scouting reports on each player. The top of the system ranks similar to almost every other list we’ve seen, although the order from third through six differ slightly. Gerrit Cole sits in the top spot, followed by Jameson Taillon. The next four...

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