When will we see Neil Walker in Pittsburgh?

I can’t say I’ve really been a Neil Walker fan these past few years.  Just like with Jeff Clement, I don’t like the idea of taking a top catching prospect and converting him to a corner infield position.  It’s not a matter of defense.  Walker has been fine by most accounts at third base, and Clement hasn’t seemed to have a major problem moving to first base.  It’s all about the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 8-1.  Michael Crotta continued his impressive season, going seven innings and allowing just one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Crotta has a 2.86 ERA in his three starts for Indianapolis so far, with an 11:2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of work.  Anthony Claggett and Jeremy Powell each pitched a perfect inning in relief. The Indianapolis offense was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/13/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 8-3.  Donald Veal got the start, only lasting 4.2 innings, and allowing three runs on six hits.  Veal struck out six and walked one, although he did hit three batters.  Justin Thomas got the win, pitching 2.1 perfect innings, with one strikeout.  Steven Jackson also pitched a perfect inning in relief, and Vinnie Chulk followed that up with a shutout inning,...

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Time to replace Iwamura with Walker

Aki IwamuraThe Akinori Iwamura acquisition made sense at the time, but things have changed. Even if we factor in expected positive regression, Iwamura is likely to provide slightly below average production for the season. At 31-years-old and on a one-year contract, that’s just not very valuable. It is time to replace Iwamura with the rejuvenated Neil Walker.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Buffalo 5-4.  Jeremy Powell got the start, going six innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on ten hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma also pitched a shutout inning in relief, with a walk and a strikeout.  Jean Machi got his fourth save of the year, with two strikeouts in an...

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