Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/8/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 4-3 to Buffalo.  Michael Crotta made his second start at the AAA level, allowing four runs on eight hits in eight innings of work, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Crotta allowed all four runs in the first four innings, then retired the next 12 batters in innings 5-8, getting ten ground ball outs.  Crotta had a very impressive 17:2 GO/AO ratio tonight.  Vinnie Chulk...

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Throwing Cold Water on the Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have arguably been the best story of the 2010 season so far for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  You’ve got three pitchers who are striking out close to a batter an inning, and allowing just over one walk or hit per inning.  You’ve got eight players hitting for a .282 average or better.  The team as a whole is hitting 15 points higher than any other team in the league, with an OPS that is 40...

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April Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have been unreal.  Looking at their stats is like looking at the stats generated from a video game team.  Three starting pitchers have struck out almost a batter per inning, and have a WHIP in the 1.01-1.11 range.  Eight players currently have a .282 batting average or better.  Three of those players are hitting for a .329 average or better.  Five players have an OPS above .800. The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/3/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 4-1 against Lehigh Valley.  Jeremy Powell pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, three walks, and striking out four to get the win.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a perfect inning in relief.  Jean Machi closed out the game with an inning of work, allowing one unearned run on one hit, with one walk. The big story was that Neil Walker was pulled from the game in the fifth...

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Michael Crotta promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted starting pitcher Michael Crotta from Altoona to Indianapolis today, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Crotta was scheduled to start tonight for Altoona, but was replaced by Jared Hughes. Crotta has been excellent in his time at AA this season, with a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched over four starts, with a 5.7 K/9, a 1.1 BB/9, and no home runs given up.  Crotta made 27 starts in Altoona...

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