Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/25/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 9-8.  Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Corey Hamman pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one.  Vinnie Chulk added a perfect inning, with two strikeouts.  Jean Machi closed things out, but not before adding two runs in an inning of work. Jeff Clement went...

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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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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/31/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) The Indianapolis Indians had a game suspended again today after three and a half innings.  Gwinnett was leading 3-1 at the time the game was suspended.  Daniel McCutchen pitched three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with two homers, four walks, and no strikeouts.    Argenis Diaz went 2-for-2.  Brandon Moss went 1-for-1 with a solo homer.  Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-1...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Akron 5-2.  Bryan Morris made his second start in AA, and went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Morris has allowed two runs in 11 innings so far, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio in his AA debut.  Tony Watson pitched two innings, allowing a run on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts....

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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