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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Spikes Overrun By Late ‘Cutters Rally in 9-5 Defeat

SPIKES OVERRUN BY LATE ‘CUTTERS RALLY IN 9-5 DEFEAT BOX SCORE GAME LOG STATE COLLEGE – Cole White accounted for four of the State College Spikes’ five runs, but a six-run eighth inning propelled the Williamsport Crosscutters to a 9-5 win at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Wednesday night. White’s two-run double in the third inning, coupled with the runs he scored in the third and in the fifth, helped put State College (20-19) ahead,...

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Interview with 4th Round Pick Nick Kingham

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Nick Kingham in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, continuing their trend of taking prep pitchers in the middle rounds.  Kingham was rated the #186 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and has a commitment to Oregon, which means he will likely command an over-slot bonus.  Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to interview Nick on being drafted, his history of pitching, and how the negotiations...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Lehigh Valley 3-2.  Charlie Morton pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Brian Bass pitched two shutout innings, allowing a hit, no walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Kevin Melillo went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run.  Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a solo homer....

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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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