Nathan Baker Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Nathan Baker to Bradenton, according to a West Virginia team press release.  Baker made 16 starts in West Virginia this year, with a 2.99 ERA in 87.1 innings, plus a 6.5 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9 ratio.  Baker recently had a nice string of starts in the last week, first pitching eight no-hit innings with no walks and eight strikeouts, and following that up with six innings, allowing an unearned...

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Jeff Locke Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitching prospect Jeff Locke from Bradenton to Altoona.  Locke tweeted a message saying he was headed North earlier tonight, and after an inquiry on the message, I received confirmation that Locke had been promoted to Altoona. Locke had a 3.54 ERA in 86.1 innings in Bradenton this year, with an 8.7 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9 ratio.  This was a big improvement over his 4.59 ERA in 127.1 innings in...

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June Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

Bradenton was hit hard with injuries in the month of June, putting a big damper not only on the month, but on the season, as a lot of top prospects were impacted by the injury bug.  Brock Holt went down on June 5th in a collision fielding a grounder, and will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL.  Jeremy Farrell went down in the middle of the month, right in the middle of what has been a breakout season.  Perhaps...

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Another Bradenton Catcher Hit in the Face

What is it about catching prospects in Bradenton getting hit in the face with pitches?  Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Eric Fryer was hit in the face with a pitch last night, fracturing his orbital bone and requiring surgery.  This all comes a little over a week after Tony Sanchez was hit in the face with a pitch, fracturing his jaw in two places, and requiring surgery which will put him out for 6-8 weeks. The orbital...

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Tony Sanchez hit in the face with a pitch

Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez was hit in the face with a pitch in the first inning of today’s game between the Bradenton Marauders and St. Lucie.  This is the second time this month that Sanchez has been hit in the head with a pitch, with the first instance keeping him out of action for about a week. Sanchez is alert, and according to Dejan Kovacevic the injury is not thought to be serious.  This is...

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