2011 Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Year

Throughout most of the summer, it looked like the Pitcher of the Year award was a one man race.  Kyle McPherson had an amazing season, starting off with a 2.89 ERA in 71.2 innings in high-A, with a 60:6 K/BB ratio and an 0.95 WHIP.  McPherson moved up to Altoona, and didn’t miss a beat, ending up with a 3.02 ERA in 89.1 innings, along with an 82:21 K/BB ratio and a 1.08 WHIP.  For his efforts, McPherson has been named the 2011...

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Kyle McPherson Recap 9/4/11

Kyle McPherson had a great start tonight in Altoona’s 1-0 win in 11 innings.  He went five shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out five.  He was delayed for 43 minutes by a rain delay in the second inning, but came back out allowing just one hit in the final three innings. “I felt the best I’ve felt in awhile tonight,” McPherson said after the game. The performance capped off a great...

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Developing Pitchers, Not Throwers

It seems like every night when I write up the daily minor league schedule I am writing about a great walk to strikeout ratio with at least one of the Pirates pitching prospects. The system is filled with guys who have a 3:1 SO/BB ratio yet the strikeout totals for the most part aren’t that great so that ratio obviously doesn’t tell the whole story. It is no secret the Pirates have their minor league pitchers work on...

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Altoona Curve Player Reports 8/23

The Altoona Curve split a double header with the Richmond Flying Squirrels tonight, losing game one 6-2, then winning game two 4-3.  Kyle McPherson started game one, and had a rough outing.  Aaron Pribanic started game two, striking out eight batters, but also getting hit around a bit.  Below are a few impressions from tonight’s games. Kyle McPherson Kyle McPherson had a rough first inning, giving up three of his four runs.  He...

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After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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