Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/3/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis lost 1-0 to Louisville, despite an eight inning complete game by Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny allowed five hits and one un-earned run, while striking out five and walking none. Since being sent back down, Gorzelanny has pitched 22 innings, allowing two earned runs, with 13 hits and a 26:5 K/BB ratio. Gorzelanny has a 2.87 ERA on the season at AAA. AA Altoona...

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Prospect Watch 7/2/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis lost both games of a double header. Donald Veal pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts in game one. Veal began his rehab assignment on June 8th. By rule, pitchers can only spend 30 days on minor league rehab (20 days for hitters), which means Veal can only be on rehab in AAA until July 7th. My guess is he would be swapped out for Steven Jackson on...

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Pirates Notebook: Post Trade Thoughts

I wrote on the Eric Hinske trade and the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade earlier today. Check out those links for my thoughts on the deals. In the aftermath of the trades, I’ve got a few more thoughts, which I will provide in no specific order: Where are the left handers? The big issue, following the trade of Burnett, is the lack of left handers in the bullpen. It seemed like the Pirates had nothing but left handers in their...

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Pirates Notebook: Draft Pick Updates

A few updates to the Draft Pick Signing Tracker: -18th round pick Ryan Beckman has been signed. Here is my brief summary of him from day two of the draft: “Beckman is a relief pitcher, standing at 6’4″, 185 pounds. He had a 6.07 ERA and a 28:16 K/BB ratio in 29.2 innings this year.” -Victor Black’s bonus is reportedly $717,000.-Brock Holt’s bonus is reportedly $125,000. The MVP Tracker The MVP...

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Pirates Notebook: The classic debate

I mentioned some thoughts on the Nyjer Morgan for Lastings Milledge trade rumors Friday night. Since that point I’ve been thinking about the non-baseball aspect of the deal. There are two opinions on the trade rumors from what I can tell. One side wants Milledge because he’s a talented player that could be an upside over Morgan if he puts it all together. The other side doesn’t want Milledge because he is considered...

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