Minor League Schedule: 8/28/12

West Virginia was off yesterday. Bradenton was postponed yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL and GCL regular seasons are over. The GCL Pirates will play the Red Sox affiliate in a best of three playoff series beginning today, for the GCL title.  The DSL Pirates1 began their playoffs against the Mets yesterday, taking the first game of the best of three series. A full recap of...

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Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/26

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and 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 outing really was. The formula for...

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Indians Clinch IL West Pennant; Irwin Strikes Out 9

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Louisville Bats  1 (Box)   The champagne is flowing in the Indianapolis Indians clubhouse!  The Indians have clinched the International League Western Division pennant tonight at Victory Field.  The Indians defeated the Louisville Bats, which decreased their magic number from 2 to 1.  Then, about 15 minutes after the Indians’ game was over, the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Columbus Clippers 10 –...

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Prospect Watch: Nine Strikeouts From Irwin, Avila Homers Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.25) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.314) - 1-for-4 5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/23/12

Bradenton is two games back in their division, with 11 games left. West Virginia is a 1.5 games out in their division, with 11 games left on the season. Indianapolis has an 11 game lead in their division with 12 games left to their schedule.  The GCL Pirates have four games(counting the completion of yesterday’s game) left and both DSL affiliates have three games left in their regular season. The GCL Pirates are one game out of...

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