Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/30/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Pawtucket.  Brad Lincoln had a rough start, allowing six runs on seven hits in six innings, with four walks and three strikeouts.  Lincoln allowed two home runs as well.  Corey Hamman allowed a run on a solo homer in one inning of work.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing just a walk. The Indianapolis offense was looking good, but couldn’t...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/28/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 10-9 thanks to a two run rally in the top of the ninth inning, with Neil Walker knocking in the go ahead run with an RBI single.  Walker had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, two singles, and three RBIs.  Brian Myrow also provided a big boost to the offense with a grand slam in the fifth inning, going 1-for-4 on the day.  Jose Tabata went...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/27/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 7-2 against Pawtucket.  Brian Friday had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI.  Surprisingly, the bulk of the offense came from Argenis Diaz, who went 2-for-2 with a walk, and knocked in four RBIs.  Diaz, known for being a defensive only shortstop, is hitting for a .294/.308/.265 line on the season.  Nothing really impressive, as...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-1 to Louisville, with Aroldis Chapman making the start for the Reds’ AAA team.  Jeff Karstens pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Steven Jackson came on in relief, but only pitched to two batters.  Jackson gave up a solo homer to the first batter, then was ejected after hitting the second batter.  Jackson...

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Michael Crotta 4/13 Video Recap

I was in attendance for Michael Crotta’s start on Tuesday, April 13th against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  Crotta had an excellent outing, taking a no-hitter in to the sixth inning, and getting an amazing 16:1 ground ball to fly ball ratio.  Crotta’s final line was: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.  Below is every pitch thrown by Crotta (well, all except for one in the top of the 5th) in the start. Check out my...

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