Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won a high scoring affair against Columbus, winning by a 14-12 final.  Pedro Alvarez homered twice for the Indians, getting his second and third homers of the season in just his first 9 at-bats.  Erik Kratz and Jonathan Van Every also homered for the Indians.  Kratz left after after catching a pitch, and was replaced with Luke Carlin.  Indianapolis announcer Scott McCauley...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 46-50

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Here are prospects 46-50: 50. Ramon Aguero, RHP 2009...

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2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/1/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 3-0 against Toledo. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs. -Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3. Other Game Notes: Yoslan Herrera made his first start at AAA since being promoted from Altoona. Herrera pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out three. Jeff Sues pitched 2.2 shutout innings, with no hits, one...

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