Minor Moves: Jake Burnette Added to West Virginia, Clay Holmes to the DL

The West Virginia Power have added Jake Burnette to their roster, and will have the right-hander starting tonight. Clay Holmes has been added to the disabled list, retroactive May 9th. No word on the injury to Holmes, although hopefully it explains his 6.10 ERA and 17:25 K/BB ratio in 31 innings this year.¬†UPDATE: It’s a right ankle injury for Holmes, which doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with his pitching....

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Top Performers: Sadler Leads a Great Week For Pirates Pitching Prospects

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

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P3 Episode 3: What To Do With Alvarez, Gomez, and Mercer; Casey Sadler Interview

Episode three of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This week’s episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates, John Eshleman (@John_Eshleman) on Altoona, Tom Bragg on West Virginia, John Dreker (@JohnDreker) on the draft, an interview with Altoona pitching prospect Casey Sadler (@sadler_squared), and more. Highlights of the show...

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Prospect Notebook: Castro, Glasnow Pitching Well for West Virginia

Through the first few weeks of the 2013 season the West Virginia Power proved it could hit, but the pitching left something to be desired. That trend started to turn recently with Power pitchers starting to pick up the slack — especially Orlando Castro and Tyler Glasnow. Castro leads the team with 40 innings pitched with 37 strikeouts, two walks (not a typo) and seven earned runs allowed (with two of those earned runs and one of...

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Bell, Diaz Come Up Big For West Virginia

Josh Bell went 3 for 4 with a late home run that provided some breathing room in West Virginia’s 7-3 win against visiting Greenville in the first game of a doubleheader at Appalachian Power Park, but it was catcher Francisco Diaz that knocked in three runs prior to that to give the Power an early lead that it managed to hang on to. Diaz singled in the third to drive in two and then another single in the fifth inning brought Bell...

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