Altoona Notes: Jordy Mercer, Jeff Locke, Questions

I talked briefly with some of the Altoona players last night after the game.  Mostly I was touching base with them, and will be talking more with them prior to the games this weekend.  Two important topics I did discuss: -Jordy Mercer left Wednesday’s game in the second inning after colliding with Anthony Norman on a pop-up to left field.  Jordy said that his back was sore from the collision, but that he will be fine and that it...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis beat Charlotte 8-5.  Brian Burres pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit and striking out one.  Jean Machi pitched an inning, allowing two runs on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout. Alex Presley went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored.  Brandon Moss went 3-for-3...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/16/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Rochester 6-5.  Brian Burres pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Jean Machi allowed one run on a hit in an inning of work. Brandon Moss went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Brian Bixler went 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored....

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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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