Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/21/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Columbus this afternoon by a score of 6-1.  Jeremy Powell got the start due to the shortage in the Indianapolis rotation at the moment.  Powell went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits, thanks to two home runs.  Brian Bass allowed one run on three hits in three innings of relief, with two walks and no strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched two perfect innings to...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won a high scoring affair against Columbus, winning by a 14-12 final.  Pedro Alvarez homered twice for the Indians, getting his second and third homers of the season in just his first 9 at-bats.  Erik Kratz and Jonathan Van Every also homered for the Indians.  Kratz left after after catching a pitch, and was replaced with Luke Carlin.  Indianapolis announcer Scott McCauley...

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West Virginia and Bradenton Rosters Set

The 2010 West Virginia Power roster, plus the 2010 Bradenton Marauders roster, were both set today.  The West Virginia roster can be found on their official site, while the Bradenton roster was announced through this press release. The Indianapolis roster has been partially released, although it’s still incomplete. My guess on the lineups/rotations is as follows: West Virginia C - Ramon Cabrera1B - Aaron Baker2B...

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Jeff Locke, ground balls, and management’s rationale for wanting Kevin Hart in the rotation

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington NationalsMany Pirates fans mistakenly consider Jeff Locke’s minor league career to be unimpressive. In other news, management has grudgingly demoted Kevin Hart to Triple-A to start the season. Join me as I tie these seemingly unrelated topics together into one simple statistic.

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Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

The Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list came out today, and surprisingly only two players from the Pittsburgh Pirates made the list.  I say surprisingly because one of those players was not Jose Tabata, despite being rated as the number two prospect in the Pirates’ farm system by Baseball America, and despite being rated in the 50-75 range by most other top 100 ranking lists. The two that made the list were Pedro...

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