Two Players At Each Level Who Should Be Promoted

It’s almost the end of May, which means we’ve seen two months out of most of the prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system.  We’ve already seen one promotion, with Bryan Morris going from high-A to AA, after an excellent run in high-A which saw him put up a 0.60 ERA in 44.2 innings, with a 40:7 K/BB ratio. Two months isn’t enough time for some prospects to prove that they are ready,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/23/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Gwinnett 6-3.  Donald Veal had a rough outing, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings of work, with four walks and six strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk.  Wilfredo Ledezma picked up the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.  Two of the runs scored with Jean Machi on the mound....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3-0 thanks to an excellent outing by Donald Veal.  Veal pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Veal has a 4.23 ERA on the season in 44.2 innings, but has a 35:19 K/BB ratio, which is much improved over his control issues in the past.  Anthony Claggett pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout,...

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Bad inning from Alderson costs Altoona the win

Tonight was the first opportunity I had to see Tim Alderson pitch.  Heading in to the season I had Alderson as the number four prospect on my top 50 prospects list, based off of reputation and his numbers prior to his 2009 struggles after the trade to the Pirates.  I don’t make it a habit of taking too much away from one outing, but based on Alderson’s struggles this year, his reported dip in velocity, and what I...

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Justin Wilson is heating up

Don’t look now, but Justin Wilson may be heating up a bit early this season. Wilson made his professional debut in 2009 with the Lynchburg Hillcats.  The placement was considered aggressive for several reasons.  First, Wilson was just out of college, so the jump to high-A immediately is the extreme.  Second, Wilson was a fifth round draft choice, held out all summer in 2008, and as a result, didn’t play at...

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