Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers; Lakind Converted to Pitching

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released the following six players, per a team press release. Alex Lukashevich, RHP – Had an 0.47 ERA in 19 innings last year, but his advanced numbers didn’t look as good. He throws in the low-to-mid 80s. The Pirates signed Lukashevich out of Belarus in 2010. Porfirio Lopez, LHP – Lopez was unlike a lot of the international lefties in the system in that he could throw 88-92 MPH. He also...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Reflects on Futures Game, Colla Incorporates Long Toss

Gerrit Cole has always been a starter, so when he was asked to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning of the MLB Futures game on Sunday, it was a little strange for the right-hander. “It was weird,” Cole said. “I think it was weird for everybody. We had 10 starters and I don’t think anybody knew what to do. I was up and down twice. It was just awkward. It’s an exhibition game, you just go out there and really...

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Cumpton Throws Seven Strong Innings, Cunningham Returns From DL in Altoona Win

ALTOONA, Pa. — Right-hander Brandon Cumpton has been solid in his first year at the Double-A level. His last trip to the mound on Saturday in Erie, Cumpton allowed five earned runs for the first time since April 7, his first start of the season. In the six starts between, Cumpton hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs. Cumpton had another strong start tonight. He allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings. He...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/9/12

West Virginia is off today. They resume play tomorrow night at home, game one of a seven game homestand. Last night’s Altoona game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning. They will finish that game this morning, then play the regularly scheduled game afterwards. The second game will be a seven inning contest. Indianapolis has an early afternoon starting time today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here....

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Minor League Schedule: 5/4/12

Jameson Taillon gets the start tonight for Bradenton as they open up a four game series in Tampa. His 0.77 WHIP is the second lowest in all of the Florida State League and it is the best among all starters in the Pirates farm system. Both Indianapolis and Bradenton lost 3-2 yesterday in extra innings, playing a combined total of 29 innings. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (14-12) @ Norfolk...

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