May Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia has some interesting prospects, but at the moment they’re probably the only full season league without a top 10 prospect in the Pirates’ organization.  The guys who are top prospects either haven’t been consistent enough this season, or haven’t taken their game to the next level.  West Virginia should see a surge in talent by the end of June, as prep pitchers like Zach Von Rosenberg...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/5/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 7-2.  Daniel McCutchen went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with three walks and a strikeout.  Steven Jackson added 0.2 perfect innings.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Brian Bass and Anthony Claggett each pitched one shutout inning in relief to finish off the game. Pedro Alvarez led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a...

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2010 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

In the past two drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges.  In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas.  They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC.  Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/1/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis finished their suspended game from yesterday, losing 4-3 to Gwinnett.  Daniel McCutchen pitched three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with four walks and no strikeouts.  Anthony Claggett allowed one run in 3.1 innings, with two hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.  Justin Thomas added 0.2 perfect innings, with a strikeout, and Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/16/10

The Venezuelan Summer League starts tomorrow.  Look for my preview post later tonight. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 6-5 to Toledo.  Hayden Penn pitched five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two perfect innings in relief.  Wilfredo Ledezma snapped his streak of nine straight appearances without a run, allowing two runs...

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