Minor League Schedule: 4/7

This entire minor league season Pirates Prospects will have a daily minor league thread listing the Pirates minor league teams along with their record, scheduled games, probable starters (when available) and game notes. Be sure to check back throughout the day for any updates such as lineups, minor injuries or for the listing of pitchers not included in the original post. Here is your minor league opening day schedule/probables with...

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Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011

This is part three of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 With the Pittsburgh Pirates focused on rebuilding through the minors, it’s a guarantee that every year we will see a new wave of top prospects arriving in the majors.  Last year’s wave was full of...

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The Trickle Down Effect From Morris and Locke

Last night I posted part one of my interview with Neal Huntington, and several times throughout the interview he mentioned how upper level decisions could trickle down and impact the placement of players in the lower levels.  On Monday, Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror reported that Jeff Locke and Bryan Morris are slated to return to Altoona for the start of the 2011 season, similar to what each player did at the start of the 2010...

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Pirates Cut Four Pitching Prospects

The Pittsburgh Pirates made four cuts today, all of them pitching prospects.  The Pirates optioned Bryan Morris and Kyle McPherson to the minors, and cut Rudy Owens and Justin Wilson.  Morris was optioned to AAA, which means he might not return to Altoona like I thought.  McPherson was optioned to A-ball.  He will open the 2011 season in Bradenton.  No word yet on the assignments for Owens or Wilson. There could be more cuts soon,...

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The Dominance of the 2010 Altoona Rotation

When I was looking at the 2010 Altoona rotation for yesterday’s preview of the 2011 Altoona starting pitchers, I noticed a trend.  Every one of the top starters at the level had a strong K/9 ratio, in the 8.0 range.  Rudy Owens was the only starter below an 8.0, with a 7.9 K/9 ratio.  Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Tony Watson each had an 8.5 K/9, while Jeff Locke led all starters with an 8.7 K/9. A lot of expectations are...

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