Prospect Watch: Oliver Has Good Debut, Cunningham Shows Power

Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, HR: Jarek Cunningham, Taylor Lewis, Jacob Stallings

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Prospect Notebook: New Focus on the Running Game Extends to the Minors

It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping runners in check has been stressed over and over to the pitchers. In 2012 we saw the Pirates go a little overboard with their focus of...

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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2012 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding five players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 6th. The list below includes the players who were left unprotected for the draft. Before I get to the list, I want to point out a mistake on Gift Ngoepe’s eligibility. Ngoepe signed with the Pirates in late-2008 at the age of 18. This would have been his fifth Rule 5 draft since he...

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Cumpton Throws Seven Strong Innings, Cunningham Returns From DL in Altoona Win

ALTOONA, Pa. – Right-hander Brandon Cumpton has been solid in his first year at the Double-A level. His last trip to the mound on Saturday in Erie, Cumpton allowed five earned runs for the first time since April 7, his first start of the season. In the six starts between, Cumpton hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs. Cumpton had another strong start tonight. He allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings. He...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

The Mesa Solar Sox finished their Arizona Fall League season yesterday. Robbie Grossman: .375/.472/.625, 7 HR, 104 at-bats Following his breakout season in the Florida State League in 2011, Grossman was impressive in the AFL.  He hit seven homers in 104 at-bats, after hitting 13 in 490 during the 2011 regular season.  Grossman broke his hamate bone at the end of the season, but still finished near the top of the leader boards in...

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