Prospect Notebook: Pirates Have a Lot of Pitching Depth in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians are off to a 19-7 start this year, which is their best start in 54 years. The last time they started off this well was in 1959, when they went 22-7 to start the year. Minor league wins and losses don’t mean much. The main focus is developing players for the majors. In the Triple-A level, the focus is also on providing depth for the majors. Wins can be nice to see, since they suggest that something is...

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Phil Irwin Dealing With Arm Fatigue

Many of you may have noticed that Phil Irwin hasn’t pitched in the minors since his Major League debut. The Pirates optioned Irwin back down to Triple-A 11 days ago, but he has yet to appear in a game with Indianapolis. I checked on his status and learned that Irwin had some arm fatigue. The Pirates decided to give him some extra rest as a result. There’s no date for Irwin to return, but he’s also not on the Triple-A...

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First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

If there’s one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like they will be put to the test this year. Tom Bragg wrote today about how the bullpen has been over-worked, noting that a lot of the current relievers are on pace for career innings totals. If...

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Alex Presley Promoted, Irwin Demoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Alex Presley and sent down pitcher Phil Irwin. Presley has been playing in AAA ¬†for Indianapolis, where he was hitting .357 through seven games, with two doubles,a homer and six runs scored. Irwin started yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, going 4.2 innings in the come-from-behind 10-7 win. He allowed five runs(four earned) on six hits and four walks, while striking out...

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Top Performers: Stolmy Pimentel is Helping to Make the Hanrahan Trade Look Good

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom 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 limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

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