Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/25/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates selected University of Mississippi starter Nathan Baker in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. Despite the high pick, the most exciting pitcher to come from Mississippi in this year’s draft has not been Baker, but is actually his former teammate in Mississippi, and current teammate in State College, Phillip Irwin. Irwin was taken in the 21st round by the Pirates, coming off a junior...

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Arizona Fall League Information

For those of you who think baseball ends in October for the Pirates and their prospects, think again. The Arizona Fall League runs each year starting in early October, with this year’s competition starting on October 13th. The league is comprised of six teams: the Grand Canyon Rafters, the Mesa Solar Sox, the Peoria Javelinas, the Peoria Saguaros, the Phoenix Desert Dogs, and the team Pirates fans should be interested in, the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/24/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 5-1 against Columbus. -Jose Tabata went 0 for 3.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3. -Brad Lincoln pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out five. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 2 with a walk. Neil Walker went 2 for 4. Jonathan Meloan pitched two innings, allowing one hit (a solo homer) and striking out...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/23/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 2-1 to Columbus -Jose Tabata went 0 for 4.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 5. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 1 for 4. Neil Walker went 0 for 5. Eric Hacker pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona split a double header with Bowie. -Gorkys Hernandez combined to go 3 for 7,...

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Pirates Notebook: The value of signing early

If you’ve been checking out the daily prospect watch articles, you would notice that two Pirates 2008 draft picks have really been tearing it up lately. First round pick Pedro Alvarez has gotten off to a hot start at AA, hitting for a .333 average, a .981 OPS, and an 18.30 AB/HR ratio in 183 at-bats. Since the start of July, Alvarez is hitting .367, with a 1.046 OPS, and a 19.75 AB/HR ratio in 158 at-bats. Alvarez was hitting...

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