Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/19/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-5 to Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  Michael Crotta had his worst start of the season, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in five innings of work, with a walk and a strikeout.  Justin Thomas pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one.  Wilfredo Ledezma and Jean Machi each pitched a shutout inning in relief. Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a homer and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/13/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 8-3.  Donald Veal got the start, only lasting 4.2 innings, and allowing three runs on six hits.  Veal struck out six and walked one, although he did hit three batters.  Justin Thomas got the win, pitching 2.1 perfect innings, with one strikeout.  Steven Jackson also pitched a perfect inning in relief, and Vinnie Chulk followed that up with a shutout inning,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won a crazy game, winning by a score of 7-6 in 15 innings against Louisville.  The game started off with a nice outing by Donald Veal, who went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.  All four walks came with two outs and no runners on base, in separate innings of course.  Veal left in the seventh with two outs, after walking a runner, with...

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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