Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/7/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) Home Runs: None INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3 Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez (1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 RBI) Notes: Brian Burres (0-1, 3.60) wasn’t very effective, throwing 75 pitches, with 46 for...

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2011 West Virginia Power Roster Announced

The West Virginia Power have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2011 season, via a team press release.  The players who will be at the level are as follows: Catchers: Elias Diaz, Kawika Emsley-Pai, Jairo Marquez Infielders: Eric Avila, Matt Curry, Justin Howard, Drew Maggi, Kevin Mort, Gift Ngoepe, Andy Vasquez Outfielders: Dan Grovatt, Rogelios Noris, Mel Rojas Jr Pitchers: Ryan Beckman, Colton Cain, Brandon Cumpton, Kevin...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona, Indianapolis, and Bradenton infields so far.  The final full season team to cover is the West Virginia Power. Here is a look at each position, with an attempt to try and figure out the opening day roster at the end. Catcher The top catching prospects in the lower level are Elias Diaz and Joey Schoenfeld.  Both catchers spent time in the Gulf Coast League, and both could move up to full season ball this...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona and Indianapolis infields so far.  The lower levels are where things start getting tricky for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates have focused heavily on the draft the past few seasons.  Because they are adding new players every year, they run in to a potential problem at the lower levels.  If a player struggles, and isn’t ready to make the jump to AA, it creates a position jam, either blocking a...

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Baseball America 2010 Draft Report Card

Baseball America released their draft report card (subscription required) today, detailing the early results of how the 2010 draft worked out for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In summary: -A lot of focus was placed on Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, for obvious reasons.  They were both mentioned in the best fastball department, with Taillon ranking first and Allie ranking second.  Taillon’s fastball was 93-97 MPH last season,...

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