No 100 Here

A batter hitting 30 homers in a season is great, but 29 homers is also good. A batter hitting no homers in a year signifies no power, and one homer doesn’t change that status. A pitcher with 20 wins is a Cy Young contender, but a pitcher with 19 wins can be considered just as good. So the Pirates, with their win tonight, avoided 100 losses. The worst they can now finish is 62-99. Having 99 losses doesn’t suddenly make the...

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2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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Daniel McCutchen to be called up

According to Dejan Kovacevic at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daniel McCutchen will be called up tomorrow to start the first game in the double header against Cincinnati. McCutchen was originally scheduled to start today in Indianapolis. He was also slated to pitch for Team USA in the World Cup next month, but the Pirates have removed him from the event. McCutchen struggled to start the year, with a 4.41 ERA, and a 63:23 K/BB ratio in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/25/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates selected University of Mississippi starter Nathan Baker in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. Despite the high pick, the most exciting pitcher to come from Mississippi in this year’s draft has not been Baker, but is actually his former teammate in Mississippi, and current teammate in State College, Phillip Irwin. Irwin was taken in the 21st round by the Pirates, coming off a junior...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/20/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 8-3 against Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with a double.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with a walk. -Daniel McCutchen pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts to get his 13th win of the season. McCutchen has a 2.23 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 62:12 K/BB ratio in 87 innings since the start of...

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