First Pitch: The Minors Exist For a Reason

There’s one thing you notice when you cover prospects closely: there’s no middle ground with expectations and reactions. At times it seems like there are pretty much only two reactions to a prospect. If there is a good report, or a player is performing well, there are calls for a promotion. If the player has a flaw, or is going through some struggles, the reaction is doom and gloom. I don’t pay attention closely...

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Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Bounced Early in Second Straight Start Due to Pitch Count

Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, Top Hitter: Josh Bell, HR: Josh Bell

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Minor League Schedule: 4/10/13

Today’s Starters: Gerrit Cole, Casey Sadler, Robby Rowland, Clay Holmes

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First Pitch: Who Could Step Into the Rotation if Wandy Goes on the DL?

At the start of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to have a great situation at the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett had made 31+ starts each year since 2008. Wandy Rodriguez had made 30+ starts each year since 2009. They looked like guys who could give the Pirates a full seasons worth of starts, while potentially putting up 200 innings each. Rodriguez left tonight’s game with tightness in his left hamstring in the...

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Prospect Watch: Alex Presley Starts the Year With a Hot Bat

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, HR: Alex Presley, Mel Rojas

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