Prospect Trends: Some Fast Starts for West Virginia Hitters

The season’s first two weeks have produced some noteworthy performances in the Pirates’ farm system, both good and bad. It’s way too early to start drawing any conclusions from these performances, but it’s not too early to scope out some players who’ll be interesting to follow closely, either with enthusiasm or concern. The biggest extremes have come at West Virginia and Bradenton, as a number of the Power’s hitters have gotten off to...

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Which Prospects From Indianapolis Will Help the Pirates This Year?

Earlier I posted the 2013 Indianapolis Indians preview. The Triple-A squad is going to be where most of the replacements are going to come from for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. Here is a look at some of the options in Triple-A. The goal here is to get an idea of who could arrive, when they could arrive, and what type of playing time they could see. Pitchers Gerrit Cole - The biggest help is obviously going to come from the top...

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Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton and Duke Welker

The Pirates’ AAA and AA squads took on their Toronto counterparts at Pirate City today.  They got good starts from Brandon Cumpton in the AAA game and Casey Sadler in the AA game.  Cumpton went four and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.  He threw 62 pitches, 40 for strikes, with his fastball sitting at 90-92.  Cumpton in the past has reached the mid-90s coming out of the bullpen, so...

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Pirate City Notes: Karstens, Taillon, Welker, Lineups

The first cuts from major league camp came today, and the first games in minor league camp start this afternoon. I’ll be covering the home games at Pirate City, which will include the Triple-A and Double-A teams, and possibly an intra-squad game with the short-season players. For now, here’s some notes. **I talked with Duke Welker after he arrived from major league camp. Welker mentioned that he had some stiffness in his...

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Pirates Cut 11 Players, Including Jameson Taillon

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of Spring Training. So far they have cut four players today, with those players being Hunter Strickland, Vic Black, Matt Hague, and Clint Robinson. That could be all for now, but no word on that yet. I’ll update this when more information becomes available. UPDATE 8:00 AM: Add Duke Welker and Stolmy Pimentel to the list of cuts. Nothing has been officially announced yet. There...

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