The Second Wave

I came to a realization last night as I was doing the game recap for the Indianapolis Indians.  With Pedro Alvarez getting called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates today, there isn’t much talent remaining at the top level.  The first wave of talent has officially arrived, but it may until this time next year before we see any more additions. Alvarez joins top prospects Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, who were both called up...

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A Friday night in Altoona

altoona curveAs I was driving to work on Friday morning, I began to suspect that Bryan Morris’ spot in the Altoona rotation was due up that night. When I arrived at my office, I fired up the computer and quickly checked whether I was correct. I was, and I discovered that he would be facing Twins’ pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. With a Friday night free of any obligations, I decided that pitching matchup was about as good as any I would find. So on my way home from work, I took a brief two-hour detour to Altoona.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/5/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 7-2.  Daniel McCutchen went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with three walks and a strikeout.  Steven Jackson added 0.2 perfect innings.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Brian Bass and Anthony Claggett each pitched one shutout inning in relief to finish off the game. Pedro Alvarez led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a...

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May Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders looked like a huge success story when I reviewed them last month.  Then I looked a little closer at the team, and found a reason to throw cold water on their hot start.  The Bradenton offense was looking great, but almost all of the players had drastic home/road splits, which was probably due to McKechnie Field being a hitter friendly park.  It definitely put hot starts like the one Quincy...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/31/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) The Indianapolis Indians had a game suspended again today after three and a half innings.  Gwinnett was leading 3-1 at the time the game was suspended.  Daniel McCutchen pitched three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with two homers, four walks, and no strikeouts.    Argenis Diaz went 2-for-2.  Brandon Moss went 1-for-1 with a solo homer.  Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-1...

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