Owens, Curve Catch Some Bad Breaks

You always hear the expression “he only threw one bad pitch” when a pitcher throws an excellent game, with his only blemish being a home run.  The problem with this phrase is that the pitcher probably threw a lot of bad pitches, but he only paid for one of them.  That wasn’t the case with Altoona Curve starter Rudy Owens tonight, as Altoona fell to Richmond 4-1. Owens was spectacular, with excellent control and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/28/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis beat Syracuse 7-5.  Michael Crotta pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Derek Hankins made his AAA debut, allowing a run on one hit, a solo homer, before getting the final out in the eighth.  Hankins allowed the only inherited runner on base to score on the homer, blowing the save, but got the win thanks to two runs from...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/16/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Rochester 6-5.  Brian Burres pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Jean Machi allowed one run on a hit in an inning of work. Brandon Moss went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Brian Bixler went 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects

The 2010 season has been rough for the Pirates’ farm system, and it really shows in the updated top 30.  Gone are top prospects like Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln.  Three of my mid-season top 10 prospects have suffered major injuries, causing them to miss a lot of development time this year.  Three pre-season top 10 prospects have really struggled at the AA level this year.  The system is probably without a Grade...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off for the AAA All-Star Game.  Erik Kratz was the lone representative.  He went 0-for-1, then was called up to the majors. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star Game.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a grand slam.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs.  Hector Gimenez went 0-for-2.  Matt Hague went 0-for-2....

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