Minor League Schedule: 4/29/12

Altoona was rained out yesterday. They will make up the game as part of a doubleheader today. Tim Williams will be in Durham covering the Indianapolis game tonight. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (11-10) @ Durham (6-17) 5:05pm Probable starter: Justin Wilson (1-3 3.97) Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Durham 0 (game story here) Justin Wilson will be making his fifth start of the season...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/24/12

Altoona and West Virginia were both off yesterday. Jameson Taillon goes tonight for Bradenton. The second ranked prospect in the Pirates system has compiled 18 strikeouts so far, tied for second in the organization, trailing only Justin Wilson who has twenty-two. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (7-10) VS Louisville (7-12) 7:05pm Probable starter: Jeff Locke (1-1 4.80) Yesterday’s Result:...

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What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?
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What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?

I’ve seen a few comments about the “Fastball Academy” the last few days, most notably one focused on Luis Heredia. The comment suggested that Heredia should focus on other pitches, rather than spending almost all of his time on the fastball. The approach the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken the last few years with the lower level pitchers has been pretty well documented. The team prefers their pitchers to learn command...

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Pittsburgh Pirates AFL Pitch F/X Data

One of the benefits of the Arizona Fall League is that two of the six parks have Pitch F/X data, which allows us to get some accurate radar readings of how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are throwing.  This year we didn’t see everyone in a Pitch F/X park, with the big omission being top prospect Gerrit Cole.  That wasn’t a huge loss, since we were provided with a lot of radar readings from Cole throughout the year, with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

The Mesa Solar Sox finished their Arizona Fall League season yesterday. Robbie Grossman: .375/.472/.625, 7 HR, 104 at-bats Following his breakout season in the Florida State League in 2011, Grossman was impressive in the AFL.  He hit seven homers in 104 at-bats, after hitting 13 in 490 during the 2011 regular season.  Grossman broke his hamate bone at the end of the season, but still finished near the top of the leader boards in...

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