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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Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton and Duke Welker

The Pirates’ AAA and AA squads took on their Toronto counterparts at Pirate City today.  They got good starts from Brandon Cumpton in the AAA game and Casey Sadler in the AA game.  Cumpton went four and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.  He threw 62 pitches, 40 for strikes, with his fastball sitting at 90-92.  Cumpton in the past has reached the mid-90s coming out of the bullpen, so...

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Prospect Notebook: New Focus on the Running Game Extends to the Minors

It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping runners in check has been stressed over and over to the pitchers. In 2012 we saw the Pirates go a little overboard with their focus of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 AFL Season Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates sent seven players to the Arizona Fall League this year — three position players and four pitchers. Kyle Kaminska emerged as the star of the group among pitchers, while Adalberto Santos was the best among the hitters. There were no top prospects among the group this year, after the Pirates sent Gerrit Cole and Robbie Grossman to the AFL last year. Among the group that was selected to play last year, both...

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AFL Recap: Season Finale

In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale lost 3-2 against Peoria. The only Pirates player in the starting lineup today was Gift Ngoepe. He batted ninth and played shortstop. Ngoepe went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, stolen base and a strikeout. He came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with his team down by one, a man on first and one out. Ngoepe battled through a nine pitch AB, before grounding into a double play to...

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