Irwin Dominates in Altoona’s 6-2 Win

One of the big surprises in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system this year has been the progress of right handed pitcher Phillip Irwin.  The former Ole Miss starter was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 draft, 17 rounds after the Pirates selected his Ole Miss teammate Nathan Baker.  Both starters began the 2011 season in high-A Bradenton, but it was Irwin who moved up to Altoona, after an impressive 2.03 ERA in 53.1 innings,...

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The Future of the Bullpen Looks Good

One of the strengths to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been their bullpen.  The bullpen has combined for a 3.43 ERA this year, which ranks 10th in the majors, and sixth in the National League.  The Pirates are anchored by one of the best closers in the game, Joel Hanrahan.  They’ve got two capable set up men in Chris Resop and Jose Veras.  Both have put up dominant strikeout numbers this year, and have held down the late...

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Altoona Curve 8/2 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the second of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See: State College 7/31 Tuesday August 2 — Altoona Curve I was really looking forward to the Curve game as they have several players that I saw often last year on the...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Bryan Morris Gives Up a Run

Last night, Bryan Morris came on in relief for the Altoona Curve, pitching one inning.  In that inning, Morris allowed one earned run on two hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  The run was significant, because it was the first earned run Morris had allowed in ten outings since being moved full time to the bullpen. Since his move to relief, Morris has pitched 18 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on 12 hits, with a 20:6 K/BB...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Bryan Morris

When Bryan Morris was moved full time to the bullpen a month ago, I profiled his situation, and asked Pirates’ farm director Kyle Stark what Morris had to work on going forward.  This is what was said: “He’s definitely working on consistently repeating his delivery, which he was last year as well, but the strained oblique interrupted that process this year and has prevented Bryan from getting into a rhythm,” Stark said. “We’re...

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