Top Performers: Great Pirates Debuts by Andy Oliver and Stolmy Pimentel

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. Normally he top ten scores would be the only ones included, with the bottom five also listed below. Since this was a shortened week, all 16 starts are in the chart below. The top five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/6/13

Today’s Starters: Kyle McPherson, Jameson Taillon, Matt Benedict, Orlando Castro

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Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn’t a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games at the end of practice. That was the case today, with two games taking place side by side. I sat down in between the...

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Vincent Payne, Orlando Castro Promoted to West Virginia

Right handed pitcher Vincent Payne and left handed pitcher Orlando Castro have been promoted from the State College Spikes to the West Virginia Power.  To make room on the West Virginia roster, Brooks Pounders and Kevin Decker have been placed on the disabled list. Payne threw 27.2 innings in State College this year out of the bullpen, with a 5.20 ERA and a 21:11 K/BB ratio.  He also made one appearance in West Virginia earlier in the...

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Minor League Moves: Castro, Rodriguez

Two minor league transactions this morning: -Orlando Castro has been promoted from the GCL Pirates to the State College Spikes.  Castro was dominating the GCL, putting up a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings, with a 22:2 K/BB ratio.  He also pitched three shutout innings in West Virginia earlier this year.  I profiled him earlier this week.  Fraylin Campos has been transferred to the GCL Pirates. -Josh Rodriguez has been promoted from Altoona to...

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