Gerrit Cole Throws Five Innings in Instructs Today

Today was my first day covering the Fall Instructional Leagues this year. It turned out to be a good day to be at Pirate City, as top prospect Gerrit Cole was on the mound. Cole was going up against the Philadelphia farm system, and ended up throwing five innings of shutout ball. I was bouncing back and forth between the two fields, so I didn’t see every pitch Cole threw. I did see four strikeouts, with a few coming on the...

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Pirates Release Three Minor Leaguers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America’s latest transactions update. The three players were right-hander Eliecer Cardenas, infielder Greg Picart, and outfielder Anthony Norman. The most notable was Cardenas. He was acquired as the player to be named later in the Matt Diaz trade last year. He put up strong numbers last year in high-A, but dealt with an elbow issue this...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: The Outfield

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 Altoona Curve infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AA affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we’ll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in Altoona this season. Could Return to Altoona In the preview of the Indianapolis outfield last...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: The Outfield

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we’ll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in Indianapolis this season. Players With Major League Experience There are three players...

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Lineups: Altoona-Richmond 8/1

RICHMOND — Two hours to first pitch … Game: Altoona Curve at Richmond Flying Squirrels, 5:05 p.m. Site: The Diamond. Pitching: RHP Bryan Morris vs. LHP Clayton Tanner. Weather: 75 degrees. Game Updates: My Twitter Feed Lineups: Altoona Curve: 1. Chase d’Arnaud, SS 2. Josh Harrison, 3B 3. Hector Gimenez, C 4. Matt Hague, 1B 5. Miles Durham, RF 6. Anthony Norman, CF 7. Yung-Chi Chen, LF 8. Jose de los Santos, 2B...

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