2012 Bradenton Marauders Season Preview

Yesterday I previewed the 2012 West Virginia Power. Today the season previews continue with a look at the 2012 Bradenton Marauders. The Marauders will open the year with the top two prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. They will also feature Colton Cain and Alex Dickerson, who both ranked as top 20 prospects in the Pirates Prospects 2012 rankings. Other top prospects to watch are Mel...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon and Allie Results, McPherson to the DL

Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie started on opposite teams in an intrasquad game today at Pirate City. Both right-handers pitched in to the fifth inning, and finished with 70 or more pitches. Taillon had a dominant outing, going up against the high-A lineup. He threw five innings, allowing a run on two hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. The 2010 first round pick got a lot of strikeouts on his curveball. He threw 70 pitches,...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon Hit Hard, Allie Walks Five, Paulino’s Cannon

Top pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie took the mound today for their first starts at Pirate City this Spring. Both pitchers struggled in different ways, with both leaving their starts early in the fourth inning of action. Taillon was hit hard throughout the start. In the first inning he gave up a solo home run, and was sitting 96-97 MPH with his fastball. The second inning started off rough. After a four pitch walk,...

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Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn’t a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games at the end of practice.┬áThat was the case today, with two games taking place side by side. I sat down in between the...

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Pirates Have Five in John Sickels Top 120

John Sickels, who runs MinorLeagueBall.com, has published his top 120 prospects for the 2012 season. Normally Sickels does separate lists for hitters and pitchers, although this year he combined them in to one big list. In the link above, Sickels provides some explanation for his rankings process. The big thing he notes is that he leans towards guys who are closer to the majors. Five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects ended up on the list....

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