Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects

The 2010 season has been rough for the Pirates’ farm system, and it really shows in the updated top 30.  Gone are top prospects like Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln.  Three of my mid-season top 10 prospects have suffered major injuries, causing them to miss a lot of development time this year.  Three pre-season top 10 prospects have really struggled at the AA level this year.  The system is probably without a Grade...

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Alderson demoted to High-A Bradenton

According to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror, the Pirates demoted Tim Alderson to High-A Bradenton after his start this afternoon. The move frees up a spot in the Altoona rotation for recently promoted pitcher Jeff Locke.

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Jeff Locke Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitching prospect Jeff Locke from Bradenton to Altoona.  Locke tweeted a message saying he was headed North earlier tonight, and after an inquiry on the message, I received confirmation that Locke had been promoted to Altoona. Locke had a 3.54 ERA in 86.1 innings in Bradenton this year, with an 8.7 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9 ratio.  This was a big improvement over his 4.59 ERA in 127.1 innings in...

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Locke promoted to Altoona

Jeff Locke tweeted this afternoon that he is “heading north.” Tim Williams of BuccoFans.com confirms that Locke has been promoted to Double-A Altoona.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/10/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 3-1.  Michael Crotta pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out three.  Jean Machi pitched two perfect innings with four strikeouts. Alex Presley went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and a run.  Jonathan Van Every went 1-for-3 with a...

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