Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/25/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost 3-2 to Charlotte.  Daniel McCutchen pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with a walk and no strikeouts, plus two homers allowed.  With Brad Lincoln getting demoted today, McCutchen is expected to rejoin the major league rotation, taking Lincoln’s spot on July 31st.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits and striking out one. Doug Bernier...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/23/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Charlotte 17-11.  Michael Crotta pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched one inning, allowing two runs on a walk and a hit.  Daniel Moskos pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Jean Machi allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work. Brandon Moss went...

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June Prospects Rundown: State College Spikes

State College started their season in mid-June, shortly after the 2010 MLB draft.  It’s hard enough to draw any conclusions about the performance of the players at the level based on two weeks of play.  What makes things harder is that development is often hard to pinpoint at the lower levels.  The pitchers are throwing mostly fastballs, focused more on their control and command of the pitch than they are of their...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 4-3 to Columbus.  Hayden Penn pitched 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma allowed two inherited runners to score, picking up a blown save.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out one. Akinori Iwamura went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs.  Kevin Melillo went 2-for-5...

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2010 State College Spikes Preview

Is it a bad thing that I’m going to be more interested in watching the State College Spikes once their season begins, than watching the West Virginia Power, a level above State College?  It’s not that I don’t like the prospects at West Virginia.  It’s just that it’s hard to top what State College has to offer this year, at least at the start of the season. The big thing to watch for will be the...

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