Top Performers: Several Pitchers Stepping Up Before and After Promotions

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

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Orlando Castro Effective Through Six, Stetson Allie Homers Again

In Lakewood tonight, the West Virginia Power won their sixth game in a row over the BlueClaws and again Stetson Allie provided the highlight of the night. In the fourth inning, the big first baseman hit an impressive two-run homer to center field to give West Virginia a lead they would not lose. Orlando Castro pitched well and showed the excellent control that he has worked with all season. In 11 starts and 61.2 innings, he has now...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/11/13

Today’s Starters: Andy Oliver, Casey Sadler, David Bromberg, Zack Dodson, John Kuchno, Jason Creasy

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Prospect Notebook: Looking Deeper at Another Group of Breakout Players in West Virginia

We are two weeks into the season, and once again it looks like West Virginia is the team to watch for breakout performers. The offense currently has four regulars with an .800 OPS or better. Other guys on the roster have potential and talent, but don’t have the numbers yet. It’s still early in the season, so some of those numbers could come up in a hurry. I’ve talked about the basic numbers a lot in the early part of...

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First Pitch: The 2011 Draft is the Exact Opposite of the 2009 Draft

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the Pirates have from each pitcher. 2nd Round –...

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