All posts tagged "Duke Welker"

  • Prospect Reports
    Four Home Runs Lead Indians To A Win

    Indianapolis Indians  7,  Durham Bulls  4 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians scored 7 runs in the 9th inning of last night’s game in Louisville, and tonight, they started up right where they left off, defeating the Durham Bulls at Victory Field.  They began by scoring in each of the first three innings,...

  • Prospect Reports
    Three Hits For Presley In Indians’ 5th Straight Win

    Indianapolis Indians  4,  Louisville Bats  1 (Box)   Three hits by RF/LF Alex Presley and three triples sparked the Indians to a win over the Louisville Bats, giving the Tribe a 2-0 game lead in this home/away series.  Presley singled, doubled, and tripled, missing his second cycle with the Indians by only...

  • Analysis
    Duke Welker Lighting Up the Radar Guns in Altoona

    Duke Welker ALTOONA, Pa. -- Standing at 6' 7", 260 pounds, Duke Welker is a big man. But he's got an even bigger arm. The right-hander has seen his fastball light up the radar guns throughout the Eastern League touching 98, 99 and even 100 in relief from the Altoona Bullpen. Welker...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Baker’s Fastball Command, Welker’s Control

    Nathan Baker was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He spent the last two years in A-ball, playing in high-A during the 2011 season. This year Baker will be making the jump to the Double-A level, starting in the Altoona rotation. The Pirates sent Baker...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Alderson Touches 93 MPH

    I wrote the other day about Tim Alderson going back to an old long toss program, and how his old velocity is back this Spring. Alderson threw an inning today in the Triple-A game, and the results were once again strong. The first pitch out of Alderson's hand was a fastball. The...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Prospect Notebook: Lots of Heat

    Duke Welker was hitting 98 MPH today. There were a lot of top Pirates prospects throwing today. Unfortunately, a lot of the top guys in the system were on the road. Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, both top ten prospects, started in the A-ball games at Toronto's minor league complex. Missing out...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Go With Unusual Lineup in B Game

    The Pittsburgh Pirates played a seven inning B-game against the Minnesota Twins today at Pirate City. As with any B-game, the contest was extremely informal. Innings ended if a pitcher reached his pitch count, regardless of how many outs there were, or how many runners were on base. Players batted out-of-order, and...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Protect Six Players From the Rule 5 Draft

    The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul...

  • Analysis
    Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

    Throughout the year we've talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the...

  • Transactions
    Duke Welker Promoted to Altoona

    Along with the promotion of Victor Black to high-A Bradenton, the Pittsburgh Pirates have also promoted right handed reliever Duke Welker from Bradenton to Altoona.  Welker has put up a strong season in Bradenton, with a 2.25 ERA in 52 innings, along with a 7.1 K/9 and a 4.3 BB/9 ratio.  In...

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