Prospect Notebook: Cole Impressed In Short Time With Altoona

Gerrit Cole will not likely help the Pittsburgh Pirates in their playoff push, but the right-hander will get the experience of pitching in playoff baseball. On Wednesday evening, Pittsburgh promoted their top pitching prospect from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move is to give Cole the taste of not only a higher level of competition, but to give him the chance to pitch in playoff baseball with Indianapolis. Triple-A...

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

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Only players with a 3.0 RC or better are included on the list below. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times,...

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Cabrera, Cumpton, and Holt Named Eastern League All-Stars

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have three of their prospects in the Eastern League All-Star game, as Ramon Cabrera, Brandon Cumpton, and Brock Holt have all been named to the team. Cabrera is currently hitting for a .241/.302/.313 line in 195 at-bats. His selection is somewhat of a surprise considering his stat line. There’s not much of a surprise with Cumpton. The right-hander has made 14 starts, putting up a 3.43 ERA in 86.2...

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Pirates Add Six Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they’ve added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman. Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don’t see any of the group making the majors out of Spring Training. Cole will start in Bradenton,...

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Winter Leagues 12/5 — Just One Game

Just one winter league game on the schedule for today, in the Venezuelan League: Leones del Caracas  13,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3 CF Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-3 for Los Caribes, though he did contribute an outfield assist, gunning down a Caracas runner at third base.  Los Caribes got the scoring started with a 2-run homer in the top of the 2nd inning.  Los Leones tied the score in the bottom of the inning with two walks, a single,...

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