Pirates Notebook: The value of signing early

If you’ve been checking out the daily prospect watch articles, you would notice that two Pirates 2008 draft picks have really been tearing it up lately. First round pick Pedro Alvarez has gotten off to a hot start at AA, hitting for a .333 average, a .981 OPS, and an 18.30 AB/HR ratio in 183 at-bats. Since the start of July, Alvarez is hitting .367, with a 1.046 OPS, and a 19.75 AB/HR ratio in 158 at-bats. Alvarez was hitting...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/22/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Aside from the usual daily rundown of all of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league teams, I decided to add something extra to the prospect watch, starting tonight. Each night I’ll start out with a short feature on a prospect in the Pirates’ system. Usually this will be a guy who has been hot lately, and who I feel that Pirates fans should keep an eye on. Tonight I’m looking at Tom...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/14/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 14-5 against Columbus. -Jose Tabata went 0 for 6 with a run in his first game back from his minor wrist injury. -Brad Lincoln pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with no walks, six strikeouts and two homers.-Argenis Diaz did not play. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 3 for 6 with his seventh homer at Indianapolis and four...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/3/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 6-2 against Durham. -Jose Tabata went 2 for 5.-Argenis Diaz did not play. Other Game Notes: Eric Hacker pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. Jeff Clement went 1 for 5 with a stolen base. Brian Bixler went 2 for 4 with a homer and three runs. Brian Myrow and Chris Barnwell also homered for...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/22/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 3-1 to Durham. -Argenis Diaz has been added to the Prospect Tracker. He has been assigned to AAA. Other Game Notes: Neil Walker went 1 for 4 with a homer. Tom Gorzelanny pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run, with four hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona lost 7-2 to Reading. -Jose Tabata went 0 for 4. -Gorkys...

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