Pirates Release Seven Minor League Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released seven minor league players this week, Pirates Prospects has learned.  The players that have been released are Adenson Chourio, Christian Colonel, Casey Erickson, Pat Irvine, Gerlis Rodriguez, Jose Luis Solano, and Mike Williams.  Here is some information on each player: Adenson Chourio – Had good results in his second and third years in the VSL, along with his first year in the GCL.  After...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Brdenton Marauders preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  When you get as low as A-ball, you’re not going to have a lot of top bullpen prospects.  Most of the top arms, even ones that are projected as future bullpen pieces, are in the rotation to maximize their innings.  The guys who are in the bullpen might have a shot at...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Altoona Curve preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  As I mentioned in last week’s preview of the Indianapolis bullpen, a minor league bullpen isn’t overly important.  That’s especially true the lower you go in the minors.  Most bullpen guys in the lower levels aren’t likely to reach the majors, and if...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/16/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Trenton 8-4.  Rudy Owens pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Derek Hankins pitched 3.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Hankins also allowed all three inherited runners to score in the sixth inning.  Owens pitched five shutout innings,...

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Interview with Casey Erickson

Recently I was given the opportunity to interview Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Casey Erickson.  Erickson was acquired by the Pirates in June 2009 in the Eric Hinske trade, which also brought catching prospect Eric Fryer.  The Pirates agreed to pay the rest of Hinske’s 2009 salary to the New York Yankees to get Erickson and Fryer in the deal. Erickson posted a 1.17 ERA after the trade in 38.1 innings, with a...

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