Minor Moves: Cole Officially Promoted; Restocking Indianapolis

The Pirates called up five players today, which led to roster shuffling in the upper levels of the minors to fill those empty spots in Indianapolis. **Gerrit Cole was officially promoted to Indianapolis to make his Triple-A debut tonight. **Kris Johnson was also promoted to Indianapolis. **Miguel Perez and Logan Kensing were activated from the Triple-A disabled list. Those four moves help make up for today’s September callups....

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2011 GCL Pirates Preview: Pitchers

The GCL Pirates began their season on Monday.  Below is a look at the pitchers who will start the year on the 2011 GCL roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the position players. Luis Heredia The 16 year old Heredia, who turns 17 in August, signed for $2.6 M out of Mexico last year, making him the highest paid international amateur in Pirates history.  There’s a good reason Heredia was paid that amount, and a lot of...

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Bryton Trepagnier Video From Pirate City

Yesterday I posted video of Stetson Allie working a simulated game at Pirate City.  Allie was rotating with Bryton Trepagnier, who was the 41st round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010.  Trepagnier is a tall pitcher with a projectable frame, at 6′ 5″, 180 pounds.  He signed out of high school in 2010, and is pretty much a project at this point. He was throwing in the 87-89 MPH range, and as you can see, his control was...

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A Tale of Projectability

We often hear about “projectability” with young pitchers.  The idea is that a tall, skinny kid will add velocity to his frame as he fills out and matures.  Often it seems that every tall, skinny kid has projectability.  However, not every player with projectability will end up throwing in the upper 90s.  It’s for that reason that top high school draft picks like Tim Alderson never see a velocity increase, while an...

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Pirates sign Kevin Kleis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed another later round draft pick, this time it’s 27th round pick Kevin Kleis.  Kleis is out of the JuCo ranks, playing for Grossmont College last year.  He only pitched 16.1 innings in relief, and while he had a good 7.2 K/9 ratio, his control struggled.  Kleis does have a huge frame, at 6′ 8″, 225 pounds, which makes him an interesting option.  He’s also...

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