Caribbean Leagues Getting Started

The Caribbean League seasons are getting underway, and there are many Pirates and former Pirates on the rosters. The Mexican Pacific League opened their season on Tuesday night.  OF Rogelios Noris, who spent the 2011 American season with the West Virginia Power, is again playing for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan.  Los Venados opened their season with a 5-1 loss to Los Tomateros de Culiacan.  Noris went 1-for-3 with a single in the...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Brdenton Marauders preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  When you get as low as A-ball, you’re not going to have a lot of top bullpen prospects.  Most of the top arms, even ones that are projected as future bullpen pieces, are in the rotation to maximize their innings.  The guys who are in the bullpen might have a shot at...

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2010 Venezuelan Winter League Stats

The 2010 Venezuelan Winter League runs from October 12, 2010 to December 30, 2010, with the playoffs starting on January 2nd, 2011.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the following players participating this year: Gabriel Alvarado Jose Ascanio Luis Campos Ronny Cedeno Adenson Chourio Anthony Claggett Sean Gallagher Wilfredo Ledezma Diego Moreno Fernando Nieve Jhonathan Ramos Jose Tabata Justin Thomas Here are the 2010 stats, updated weekly...

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West Virginia vs Lakewood Series Recap – Pitchers

The following game report is from John Dreker, who was in attendance for the West Virginia Power/Lakewood Blueclaws series this past week. I was able to see all four games (7/28-7/31) of the West Virginia series in Lakewood vs the first place Blueclaws. First, I’ll say that the stadium at Lakewood is a pitcher’s ballpark.  Home runs are rare at the rate of probably one every other game. The Blueclaws are a very good team,...

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Phillip Irwin Pitches Seven No-Hit Innings

West Virginia Power starting pitcher Phillip Irwin pitched seven no hit innings tonight against Hagerstown, allowing two walks, while striking out eight.  Irwin was pulled in the eighth inning for Ryan Kelly, who got the first two outs before allowing a solo homer to make the game 9-1. This comes about three weeks after West Virginia starter Nathan Baker tossed eight no-hit innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts, before Gabriel...

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