Minor League Schedule: 7/4/12

Jeff Locke takes the mound for Indianapolis tonight. In the month of June, Jeff went 3-1 2.86 in six starts, throwing 34.2 innings with 31 strikeouts. He ranks eighth in the International League in ERA and tenth in strikeouts. Indianapolis won for the seventh straight time last night and they now have a 12 game lead in their division. The 2012 fifth round draft pick, Adrian Sampson, makes his first professional start tonight. A full...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/29/12

Jeff Locke gets the start for first place Indianapolis tonight. He has gone 2-1 3.45 in the month of June, throwing 28.2 innings over his five starts. He ranks tenth in the International League with his 3.27 ERA, six spots below Rudy Owens and his 2.51 mark. Jeff has pitched well at home this year with a 4-2 2.95 record in six starts. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (49-31) VS Toledo (32-48)...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/20/12

Gerrit Cole will make his AA debut tonight. He left the Florida State League with the third best ERA(2.55), third best WHIP(1.10) and his 69 strikeouts ranks sixth. Bradenton has an early morning start time today. West Virginia returns from their All-Star break tomorrow. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (42-29) @ Gwinnett (37-36) 7:05pm Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (2-3 4.81) Yesterday’s...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/2/12

Both Altoona and Bradenton were rained out yesterday. Each team will play a doubleheader today with each game consisting of seven innings apiece. The Dominican Summer League starts up today with both Pirates affiliates in action. The league doesn’t announce starting pitchers ahead of time, so the posts for them will be limited to schedule/record/team notes.  Including the two double-headers, there are eight games on the schedule...

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Developing Pitchers, Not Throwers

It seems like every night when I write up the daily minor league schedule I am writing about a great walk to strikeout ratio with at least one of the Pirates pitching prospects. The system is filled with guys who have a 3:1 SO/BB ratio yet the strikeout totals for the most part aren’t that great so that ratio obviously doesn’t tell the whole story. It is no secret the Pirates have their minor league pitchers work on...

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