Brock Holt out for the season

Brock Holt has been diagnosed with a torn MCL, will be on crutches for six weeks, and will likely require surgery.  This will likely end his first full season in the Pirates’ organization.  Holt was injured on June 5th in a collision with second baseman Adenson Chourio. Holt, drafted in the ninth round in the 2009 draft, put up a .299/.361/.449 line in 254 at-bats with State College last year.  He made a surprise...

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Interview with Tyler Cox

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Tyler Cox in the 35th round in the 2008 draft.  Cox, a left handed pitcher, started off in the GCL, with a 1.79 ERA in 45.1 innings, both as a starter and as a reliever.  Cox started the 2009 season in West Virginia, but after posting a 10.25 ERA in 26.1 innings, with a 5.8 K/9 and a 4.1 BB/9, Cox was demoted to State College.  There, he posted a 3.93 ERA, a 7.0 K/9, and a 1.8 BB/9 ratio...

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Interview with Casey Erickson

Recently I was given the opportunity to interview Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Casey Erickson.  Erickson was acquired by the Pirates in June 2009 in the Eric Hinske trade, which also brought catching prospect Eric Fryer.  The Pirates agreed to pay the rest of Hinske’s 2009 salary to the New York Yankees to get Erickson and Fryer in the deal. Erickson posted a 1.17 ERA after the trade in 38.1 innings, with a...

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May Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders looked like a huge success story when I reviewed them last month.  Then I looked a little closer at the team, and found a reason to throw cold water on their hot start.  The Bradenton offense was looking great, but almost all of the players had drastic home/road splits, which was probably due to McKechnie Field being a hitter friendly park.  It definitely put hot starts like the one Quincy...

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Diego Moreno promoted to Altoona

UPDATE 3:14 PM: Just noticed a few more roster moves through the system: -Melkin Laureano has been moved from West Virginia to Bradenton, presumably to take Moreno’s spot. Laureano had a 2.83 ERA in 35 innings between West Virginia’s rotation and bullpen this year, with a 7.5 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. -Phillip Irwin was taken off the 7-day disabled list for West Virginia.  Irwin had a 1.80 ERA, a 7.8 K/9, and a 3.6 BB/9 in...

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