Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn’t a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games at the end of practice. That was the case today, with two games taking place side by side. I sat down in between the...

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Keith Law’s Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Along with his top 100 prospect list, Keith Law has released his top ten prospects for each team. The list for the Pittsburgh Pirates starts out in the exact order as order in the top 100 list. Gerrit Cole comes in first, followed in order by Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, Starling Marte, and Robbie Grossman. Luis Heredia, who was on Law’s list of players who just missed the top 100, came in sixth. The next player was Kyle...

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After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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West Virginia Wrap Up: Seven Games vs Lakewood

I was able to see the West Virginia Power twice this year when they came to Lakewood. The first time they came in was for the three game series from June 9-11 and they took two of three. The starters for that series were Colton Cain, Jameson Taillon and Brandon Cumpton. The next series was a four game series last week August 5-8 that the teams split and again Jameson Taillon started along with Zack Von Rosenberg, Zack Dodson and...

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Zack Von Rosenberg vs Colton Cain

The 2009 draft saw two big bonuses awarded to high school pitchers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  One bonus was for $1.2 M, going to sixth round pick Zack Von Rosenberg.  The other bonus was $1.15 M, going to 8th round pick Colton Cain.  The two pitchers are very different in many ways. To start with, there’s the fact that Von Rosenberg is a right hander, while Cain is a left hander.  That’s the simple difference.  Then...

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