First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

Today we finished up the Bradenton Marauders recap, which means we’ve wrapped up all of the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft. There are still players from the 2009 draft to cover in the upper levels of the farm system. However, since a bulk of the draft was focused on those prep pitchers, this would be a good time to review the draft. Before we begin, a reminder on my strategy for evaluating a draft. You can evaluate a draft at...

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Kyle McPherson Struggles, Hit With Two Line Drives; Santos Update

Kyle McPherson started the season on the disabled list after suffering right shoulder inflammation during spring training. The right-hander, who was slated to join Triple-A in 2012, instead was sent to Double-A after finally getting healthy in June. In his first three starts last month, McPherson struggled, posting a 4.76 ERA in those outings. He has been working to get back on track in July, allowing nine earned over 21.1 innings...

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Prospect Notebook: Baker Enjoying Move To Pen; McPherson Trying to Get Back on Track

Nathan Baker spent the entire 2011 season with the High-A Bradenton Marauders, where he made 25 starts (29 appearances). The left-hander posted a 3.34 ERA over a career-high 148.1 innings and cut down his walk to strikeout ratio with a 6.4 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9. Baker was promoted to Double-A Altoona after spring training this year and started off strong with the Curve. The lefty allowed just one run over five frames in his debut at the...

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Nathan Baker Solid in Double-A Debut

Left-hander Nathan Baker was solid in his Double-A debut for the Altoona in the Curve’s 4-2 win on Friday. The prospect allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over five innings. Baker walked one and struck out five while throwing 79 pitches, 50 for strikes. “It was great,” Baker said after his outing. “I had a lot of support for me today. Tony [Sanchez] was awesome behind the dish tonight. Every pitch he...

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Prospect Notebook: Starters Getting Ready For the Season

Just like major league camp, the Pirates slowly build their minor league starters up to the point where they’re ready for the season by the time they break camp. Typically a minor league start will go around 75 pitches in the Pirates’ system. In the last few days several pitchers have hit that mark in their Spring Training outings. Nick Kingham threw 75 pitches on Friday in his final start of the Spring. Gerrit Cole threw...

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