Minor League Schedule: 7/25/12

One day after trading away two of their top twenty pitching prospects, Rudy Owens and Colton Cain, the Pirates send some big names to the mound in the minors. Top prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, along with rising prospect Clay Holmes all take the mound tonight. Zack Dodson also takes the mound, as he now moves up the left-handed pitching chart with two lefties gone from the system. Indianapolis has an early afternoon game...

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Minor League Schedule: 7/19/12

Tonight’s probables features five pitchers that were listed among our top 23 prospects to start the season, including the players in the top two spots, Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole. West Virginia was off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight, beginning a four game series at home. Bradenton’s game last night was suspended in the sixth inning with the score tied, due to rain. A full recap of yesterday’s games can...

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Keith Law Has Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50

Keith Law has released his mid-season top 50 prospect list for ESPN Insider subscribers. The list features three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Alen Hanson. Cole is the top prospect for the Pirates, coming in at number seven overall. He’s up three spots from his pre-season ranking at number ten. Law mentions that “there’s no starter in the minors with a better pure repertoire”....

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Futures Game Results

Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon both pitched in the MLB Futures Game this afternoon, both throwing an inning. Cole gave up two runs on a walk and a two run homer, while striking out two. Taillon gave up a run on two doubles. Here is a detailed report of how each pitcher threw.   Gerrit Cole Gerrit Cole got off to a good start in the second inning. He got his first batter to strike out on four pitches, with the last pitch being a...

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Four Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Mid-Season Top 50

Baseball America has released their mid-season top 50 prospects rankings (scouting reports for subscribers here), and the Pittsburgh Pirates have four prospects on the list. That’s an upgrade over their pre-season total of two prospects in the top 50. The highest ranked Pirate is Gerrit Cole, who comes in at number six. Cole entered the season ranked 12th overall. Cole is the fourth best pitching prospect on the list. The top...

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