Throwing Cold Water on the Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have arguably been the best story of the 2010 season so far for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  You’ve got three pitchers who are striking out close to a batter an inning, and allowing just over one walk or hit per inning.  You’ve got eight players hitting for a .282 average or better.  The team as a whole is hitting 15 points higher than any other team in the league, with an OPS that is 40...

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April Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have been unreal.  Looking at their stats is like looking at the stats generated from a video game team.  Three starting pitchers have struck out almost a batter per inning, and have a WHIP in the 1.01-1.11 range.  Eight players currently have a .282 batting average or better.  Three of those players are hitting for a .329 average or better.  Five players have an OPS above .800. The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/1/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 10-6 to Lehigh Valley, a team which featured ex-Pirates Ryan Vogelsong, plus ex-Indianapolis Indians Brandon Duckworth and Rich Thompson.  Donald Veal had some struggles, going 5.2 innings, and allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits, with four walks and a strikeout.  Veal didn’t run in to problems until the sixth inning, when he allowed five runs.  Anthony...

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Michael Crotta promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted starting pitcher Michael Crotta from Altoona to Indianapolis today, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Crotta was scheduled to start tonight for Altoona, but was replaced by Jared Hughes. Crotta has been excellent in his time at AA this season, with a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched over four starts, with a 5.7 K/9, a 1.1 BB/9, and no home runs given up.  Crotta made 27 starts in Altoona...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won a crazy game, winning by a score of 7-6 in 15 innings against Louisville.  The game started off with a nice outing by Donald Veal, who went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.  All four walks came with two outs and no runners on base, in separate innings of course.  Veal left in the seventh with two outs, after walking a runner, with...

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