Pirates Notebook: The value of signing early

If you’ve been checking out the daily prospect watch articles, you would notice that two Pirates 2008 draft picks have really been tearing it up lately. First round pick Pedro Alvarez has gotten off to a hot start at AA, hitting for a .333 average, a .981 OPS, and an 18.30 AB/HR ratio in 183 at-bats. Since the start of July, Alvarez is hitting .367, with a 1.046 OPS, and a 19.75 AB/HR ratio in 158 at-bats. Alvarez was hitting...

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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 8/20/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 8-3 against Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with a double.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with a walk. -Daniel McCutchen pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts to get his 13th win of the season. McCutchen has a 2.23 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 62:12 K/BB ratio in 87 innings since the start of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/19/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 6-4 against Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5 with a homer.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4. -Brad Lincoln pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with a walk and three strikeouts to get his fourth win at AAA. Other Game Notes: Phil Dumatrait pitched two perfect innings in relief, with one strikeout. Jeff Sues, who was just...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/18/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 10-2 to Louisville -Jose Tabata did not play, although his injury from yesterday isn’t serious.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 3. Neil Walker went 0 for 4. Robinzon Diaz went 1 for 4 with a homer. Eric Hacker pitched 5.1 innings, allowing ten runs on 13 hits, with a walk, four strikeouts, and three...

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