Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/21/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Columbus this afternoon by a score of 6-1.  Jeremy Powell got the start due to the shortage in the Indianapolis rotation at the moment.  Powell went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits, thanks to two home runs.  Brian Bass allowed one run on three hits in three innings of relief, with two walks and no strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched two perfect innings to...

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Minor League Opening Day

Today is the opening day for the full season minor league teams, with all four of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates in action.  The schedule is as follows: Indianapolis Indians (AAA) at Columbus Clippers – 7:05 PM EST The Indians open their season on the road against the Clippers, the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Kevin Hart will take the mound for Indianapolis, with Pedro Alvarez making his AAA debut....

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West Virginia and Bradenton Rosters Set

The 2010 West Virginia Power roster, plus the 2010 Bradenton Marauders roster, were both set today.  The West Virginia roster can be found on their official site, while the Bradenton roster was announced through this press release. The Indianapolis roster has been partially released, although it’s still incomplete. My guess on the lineups/rotations is as follows: West Virginia C - Ramon Cabrera1B - Aaron Baker2B...

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Notes: Spring Training, Cunningham, Top Prospects, Signings

This morning when I left the house, it was snowing a bit, a cold reminder that winter was still around.  It was not enough to accumulate on the roads, but enough to cover the grass which finally appeared in my yard over the last few days for the first time since December.  When I got home this afternoon to turn on the Pirates, it suddenly felt like Spring.  Well, maybe mentally.  I could still see my own breath,...

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Jarek Cunningham interview

The Mets blog Seven Train To Shea posted an interview with Pirates shortstop prospect Jarek Cunningham the other day. The audio quality isn’t great, but it is worth the listen if you have time. Cunningham had a great start to his professional career, hitting .318/.385/.507 in 174 plate appearances after the Pirates took him in the 18th round of the 2008 draft. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL and missed the entire 2009 season....

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