Minor League Schedule: 9/1/12

Gerrit Cole will get his first start for Indianapolis tonight. The top prospect in the Pirates system, made his way from High-A ball to AAA during his first season in pro ball. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs Thursday and will now go on to play the winner of the Yankees/Angels series in a best of three series for the DSL championship. The start date of that series is tentatively scheduled for Sunday. The GCL...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Hector Luna, Upper Level Promotions

A few minor league transactions this afternoon: **The Pirates have signed Hector Luna as a minor league free agent and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Luna will obviously be there to help Indianapolis in their playoff run after the September callups. Luna has a career .262/.314/.385 line in 794 major league at-bats. He had 62 at-bats in the majors with the Phillies this year, and hit for a .282/.329/.450 line in 220 at-bats for the...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/28/12

West Virginia was off yesterday. Bradenton was postponed yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL and GCL regular seasons are over. The GCL Pirates will play the Red Sox affiliate in a best of three playoff series beginning today, for the GCL title.  The DSL Pirates1 began their playoffs against the Mets yesterday, taking the first game of the best of three series. A full recap of...

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Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/26

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was. The formula for...

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Prospect Watch: Cole Has Trouble in Trenton

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.25) - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.315) - 2-for-5,...

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