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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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Starting Pitchers

The first in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Starting Pitcher prospects in the full-season leagues.

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Cole White Leads Power With Another Game Winner

Last night, Cole White hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the West Virginia Power a 2-1 victory over the Lexington Legends. “I could barely sleep,” White said about his homer. “I kept on replaying it in my head.  It was the first time I’ve ever hit a walk off home run in my entire life.” Tonight, for an encore, White came through in the eighth inning of a 3-3 tie game,...

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Interview with Jim Callis from Baseball America

Two weeks ago, Tim Williams asked the loyal readers of Pirates Prospects for their input on the site and what we can do to improve it.  One of the comments was that readers would like to see a national, objective viewpoint on some Pirate prospects.  This was an excellent idea as there is the danger of being in an “echo chamber” where everyone says the same thing and a hive-mind develops. To that end, Pirates Prospects went...

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The View From the Booth: Joe Putnam

Starting this month, Pirates Prospects will be introducing a new feature to the site called “The View From the Booth”.  On the fourth Monday of every month, we will interview a different broadcaster from one of the minor league affiliates, getting their opinion on how the team they follow looks, as well as some insight on that level of the system.  With the 2011 draft recently taking place, and new players entering the...

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