Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/28/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates signed four prep pitchers to above slot deals. The only player to make his debut so far has been Trent Stevenson. Stevenson has gradually increased his workload in his first five outings, starting with one inning pitched in the first, two in the second, three innings in the third outing, four in his fourth outing, and five innings tonight. The process seems like a good way to ease the prep...

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September Call-Ups

I’ve seen a lot of September call-up talk in the last week or two, but I wanted to wait until closer to the end of the month before I did my “what would I do” post on the topic. Before I get in to that, let me share my biggest pet peeve with September call-ups. Major league teams are allowed to expand their rosters from 25-men to 40-men in the month of September, with the players on the 40-man roster being the only...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/21/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 15-6 to Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 3 for 5 with a double and a stolen base.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4. Other Game Notes: Neil Walker went 2 for 4. Jeff Sues pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona won 4-1 against Bowie. -Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a double....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/13/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Columbus. -Jose Tabata did not play. He’s missed the last three games with a minor wrist injury.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Other Game Notes: Eric Hacker pitched 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. Neil Walker went 3 for 4 with a homer. Jeff Clement went 3 for...

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Pirates Notebook: Discriminating against Littlefield players

In case you missed it, Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Neil Walker. In the article, Walker questions his future with the Pirates, while suggesting that he and Brian Bixler are two examples of players who could be held back due to being acquired by Dave Littlefield. I’ve seen a lot of talk on message boards and in blogs that matches the comments made by Walker: Neal...

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