June Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia still doesn’t have many top prospects in the Pirates’ farm system, with most of the top guys in the level falling in the 11-20 range at best, and probably in the 30s in some cases.  A lot of the guys having success this year in West Virginia draw questions as to the legitimacy of their success.  That’s either because they’ve been at the level before, because they’re a year or two...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/7/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 6-1 to Louisville.  Hayden Penn had a bad outing, allowing six runs on 12 hits in five innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk, a hit, and striking out two.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning in relief. Brandon Moss went 1-for-4.  Doug...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/30/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Columbus 7-3.  Michael Crotta pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  According to Indians’ announcer Scott McCauley, Crotta left with a leg injury after stumbling off the mound on a grounder to first.  Crotta walked off the field on his own power after two practice pitches.  Anthony Claggett allowed five runs,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/25/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 9-8.  Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Corey Hamman pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one.  Vinnie Chulk added a perfect inning, with two strikeouts.  Jean Machi closed things out, but not before adding two runs in an inning of work. Jeff Clement went...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Durham 9-1, led by a great outing by Charlie Morton.  Morton pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  According to Indians’ broadcaster Scott McCauley, nothing was hit hard, the one run came on an infield hit to third, and Morton retired the final 14 batters. Brandon Moss broke the game open with a grand slam in the eighth...

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