Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Durham 9-1.  Hayden Penn had a good start, going six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits, with three walks and nine strikeouts.  Penn has looked good in his last three starts, combining for 18 innings, two unearned runs, ten hits allowed, seven walks and 18 strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.  Steven...

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The Second Wave

I came to a realization last night as I was doing the game recap for the Indianapolis Indians.  With Pedro Alvarez getting called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates today, there isn’t much talent remaining at the top level.  The first wave of talent has officially arrived, but it may until this time next year before we see any more additions. Alvarez joins top prospects Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, who were both called up...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/15/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 4-1 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Daniel McCutchen pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Brian Bass allowed a run on three hits, getting just one out.  Justin Thomas got the final two outs in the eighth inning, stranding two runners. Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run in his final game with...

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A Friday night in Altoona

altoona curveAs I was driving to work on Friday morning, I began to suspect that Bryan Morris’ spot in the Altoona rotation was due up that night. When I arrived at my office, I fired up the computer and quickly checked whether I was correct. I was, and I discovered that he would be facing Twins’ pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. With a Friday night free of any obligations, I decided that pitching matchup was about as good as any I would find. So on my way home from work, I took a brief two-hour detour to Altoona.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 5-0.  Michael Crotta pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks, and striking out two.  Vinnie Chulk pitched 0.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Justin Thomas added two perfect innings, striking out two.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one. Kevin Melillo went 2-for-4 with a homer, his...

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