Weekend Notes: Bryan Morris, Brian Bass, Starling Marte

Some notes from the weekend… -The big news was that the Pirates finally promoted Bryan Morris to Altoona.  In eight starts this season, Morris put up a 0.60 ERA in 44.2 innings, with an 8.1 K/9 a 5.7 K/BB, and no homers allowed.  Morris didn’t allow an earned run in his last 33 innings in Bradenton. According to Rob Biertempfel, Neal Huntington said Morris could be in AAA by August.  My guess is that Morris...

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Altoona Curve Game Recap

I lived in two different areas of Pennsylvania for about 12 years, living in the Altoona area for seven years. Unfortunately, the Altoona Curve didn’t move to the area until 2-3 years after I moved to Virginia.  So despite living in the Altoona area, this was my first visit to Blair County Ballpark. I got to the park early, after making the excellent decision to pick up a jacket from the local mall.  When I left...

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Pirates make seven more cuts

The Pittsburgh Pirates made seven more cuts this morning, highlighted by Brad Lincoln being assigned to AAA.  As I reported yesterday, Tony Sanchez was also in this batch of cuts.  Donald Veal, Bryan Morris, Virgil Vasquez, Jeff Sues, and Justin Thomas round out the list.  The assignments are as follows: -Lincoln and Veal to AAA (both will join the AAA rotation)-Sanchez and Morris to minor league camp (both will start...

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Notes: Takahashi, 2010 Draft, Player Pages, Best Pittsburgh Blog

A few notes for the afternoon, some of them are to play catchup on some recent news: -There’s been a lot of talk about Japanese left hander Hisanori Takahashi and his chances of landing with the Pirates.  Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker mentions the Pirates as an option that has emerged, mentioning that Takahashi prefers the West Coast, but also wants a Major League deal and a chance to start.  Jon Heyman of SI tweeted...

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Going Cheap Pt 3: 2010 Bullpen Options

In part one of this series I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In part two of this series I looked at how you could find cheap bullpen options.  While there are probably many ways to do this, the two trends I am focusing on here are as follows: 1. Relief pitchers with strong K/9, K/BB, and HR/9 ratios in the minors.  Normally I’d look for a 6.0 or better, 2.0 or better, and 1.0 or less...

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