Updates On The Non-Roster Invitees

This spring the Pittsburgh Pirates invited 22 non-roster players to their major league camp for spring training. Now just under a month into the camp, 16 of them still remain with the big league squad. In this article I will breakdown the performance of each individual player going into Sunday along with, in my opinion, their chances of making the opening day roster. First, I will start with the players who did not survive the first...

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Pirates Cut Four Pitching Prospects

The Pittsburgh Pirates made four cuts today, all of them pitching prospects.  The Pirates optioned Bryan Morris and Kyle McPherson to the minors, and cut Rudy Owens and Justin Wilson.  Morris was optioned to AAA, which means he might not return to Altoona like I thought.  McPherson was optioned to A-ball.  He will open the 2011 season in Bradenton.  No word yet on the assignments for Owens or Wilson. There could be more cuts soon,...

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The Dominance of the 2010 Altoona Rotation

When I was looking at the 2010 Altoona rotation for yesterday’s preview of the 2011 Altoona starting pitchers, I noticed a trend.  Every one of the top starters at the level had a strong K/9 ratio, in the 8.0 range.  Rudy Owens was the only starter below an 8.0, with a 7.9 K/9 ratio.  Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Tony Watson each had an 8.5 K/9, while Jeff Locke led all starters with an 8.7 K/9. A lot of expectations are...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Altoona during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in Altoona this year: Returning to Altoona As I mentioned in last week’s review of the Indianapolis Indians’ rotation, the 2010 Altoona rotation is not a guarantee to start the 2011 season in AAA.  A case could be made for Bryan Morris,...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011 Indians: the starting pitchers. It’s no secret that the biggest need for the Pirates in the majors is starting pitching.  The first wave of starting pitching prospects should start to arrive this year, with most of the top pitching prospects...

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