Opening Day! Six Things For Indy Indians Fans To Watch For In April

The Indianapolis Indians open their season today, on the road in Toledo.  Most of the rest of the International League started last night, except for the Norfolk Tides and the Charlotte Knights, who were rained out in Charlotte.  The lights were on at Victory Field early this morning, even though the team is going on the road today. Here are six things for Indians fans to be watching for this month: 1. Starling Marte — This...

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2012 Indianapolis Indians Season Preview

We’ve covered the 2012 West Virginia Power, the 2012 Bradenton Marauders, and the 2012 Altoona Curve. Today we wrap up the previews of the full season leagues with a look at the 2012 Indianapolis Indians. Indianapolis will open the season with the top hitting prospect in the system, Starling Marte. They will also feature a rotation full of prospects. And, as usual, they will provide the depth for the Pirates throughout the year....

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Prospect Notebook: Alderson Touches 93 MPH

I wrote the other day about Tim Alderson going back to an old long toss program, and how his old velocity is back this Spring. Alderson threw an inning today in the Triple-A game, and the results were once again strong. The first pitch out of Alderson’s hand was a fastball. The gun reading? 93 MPH. Alderson followed with three straight 91 MPH fastballs, getting a ground out back to the mound. In the next at-bat he led off with...

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A Rotation Full of Prospects at Indianapolis

Last year it looked like the Pittsburgh Pirates would have a rotation full of prospects. Brad Lincoln was expected to start the year in Triple-A, while the “Altoona Four” of Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Jeff Locke were expected to make the jump to the next level. Only two of the Altoona pitchers made that jump, with Owens and Wilson getting the call, while Morris and Locke returned to Double-A to get more...

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Prospect Notebook: Lots of Heat

There were a lot of top Pirates prospects throwing today. Unfortunately, a lot of the top guys in the system were on the road. Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, both top ten prospects, started in the A-ball games at Toronto’s minor league complex. Missing out on those two guys throwing is missing out on some of the hardest throwers in the system. Taillon has touched 99 MPH in the past with his fastball, and has been sitting...

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