Bad inning from Alderson costs Altoona the win

Tonight was the first opportunity I had to see Tim Alderson pitch.  Heading in to the season I had Alderson as the number four prospect on my top 50 prospects list, based off of reputation and his numbers prior to his 2009 struggles after the trade to the Pirates.  I don’t make it a habit of taking too much away from one outing, but based on Alderson’s struggles this year, his reported dip in velocity, and what I...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/10/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 7-2.  Daniel McCutchen went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with a walk and two strikeouts to get the win.  McCutchen now has a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings at the AAA level, with an 8:3 K/BB ratio since being demoted from the majors.  Anthony Claggett pitched 3.2 shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out one to get the save. Luke Carlin...

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Throwing Cold Water on the Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have arguably been the best story of the 2010 season so far for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  You’ve got three pitchers who are striking out close to a batter an inning, and allowing just over one walk or hit per inning.  You’ve got eight players hitting for a .282 average or better.  The team as a whole is hitting 15 points higher than any other team in the league, with an OPS that is 40...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/5/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Richmond 5-2 thanks to a big night from Hector Gimenez.  Gimenez went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs.  Matt Hague went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a run.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-5 with a double and a run. Ross Ohlendorf made a rehab start for Altoona.  Ohlendorf went four shutout...

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April Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have been unreal.  Looking at their stats is like looking at the stats generated from a video game team.  Three starting pitchers have struck out almost a batter per inning, and have a WHIP in the 1.01-1.11 range.  Eight players currently have a .282 batting average or better.  Three of those players are hitting for a .329 average or better.  Five players have an OPS above .800. The...

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