Pirates Notebook: Could Garrett Jones be part of the future?

One thing that always frustrates me as a Pittsburgh Pirates fan is the fact that we never seem to stumble on to the “where did that come from” major league players. I’m talking about guys like Jorge Cantu with Florida last year, or Kyle Lohse with St. Louis. Even when we try, like adding Eric Hinske, who hit 20 homers for Tampa Bay last year, it doesn’t work out. Maybe Garrett Jones could be that guy for us....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/5/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won both games of a double header against Louisville, winning 1-0 in the first game, and 5-3 in the second game. -Daniel McCutchen got his seventh win of the season in game two, going 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), four strikeouts, and no walks. Other Game Notes: Ian Snell pitched a complete game (7 IP) shutout in game one, allowing...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/4/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis was postponed tonight. AA Altoona won 1-0 vs Bowie. Jose Tabata went 0 for 4 at the plate, while Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4. Pedro Alvarez had the only run, going 1 for 4 on the night. Three players were promoted from AA to AAA today, according to Dejan Kovacevic on the PNC Blog. Those players were outfielder Jonel Pacheco and catchers Milver Reyes and...

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Prospect Watch 7/2/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis lost both games of a double header. Donald Veal pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts in game one. Veal began his rehab assignment on June 8th. By rule, pitchers can only spend 30 days on minor league rehab (20 days for hitters), which means Veal can only be on rehab in AAA until July 7th. My guess is he would be swapped out for Steven Jackson on...

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Pirates sign draft pick Chambers

The Pirates also signed third round pick Evan Chambers, according to this article. Chambers will join State College tonight. Here is my summary of Chambers from day one of the draft: Chambers is an interesting selection. He was ranked #181 by Baseball America, which makes this another “reach”. However, Chambers draws comparisons to Kirby Puckett and Kevin Mitchell, due to his size at 5’9″, 215 pounds. Chambers...

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