Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3-0 thanks to an excellent outing by Donald Veal.  Veal pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Veal has a 4.23 ERA on the season in 44.2 innings, but has a 35:19 K/BB ratio, which is much improved over his control issues in the past.  Anthony Claggett pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout,...

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April Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia has seen the most struggles so far this season out of all the teams in the Pirates’ organization.  They’ve been dealt some bad breaks (injuries to starters Quinton Miller and Phillip Irwin), saw some key players slumping (Hunter Strickland), and in several cases, seemed like just a spot for guys who were only there to get a full season of work in, before returning to the short season leagues when the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won a crazy game, winning by a score of 7-6 in 15 innings against Louisville.  The game started off with a nice outing by Donald Veal, who went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.  All four walks came with two outs and no runners on base, in separate innings of course.  Veal left in the seventh with two outs, after walking a runner, with...

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Zach Von Rosenberg Spring Training Videos

Here are a few videos I got of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Zach Von Rosenberg during an inter-squad game at Pirate City in Spring Training.  I’m not taking too much off of these videos, as it’s an inter-squad game, and Spring Training, so it would be unfair to make any judgements, good or bad.  His control was off at times, but at other times you could see why the Pirates thought enough of him to draft...

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The 2009 GCL Pirates Season Recap

The Gulf Coast League is the start of the development process for most draft prospects. It is a 16 team league, and one of two rookie leagues above the VSL, DSL, and ASL. In the case of the Pirates, the GCL games are played in the Pirates’ Spring Training complex in Bradenton, with the bulk of the players coming from the VSL, DSL, and the draft. The main focus of the league isn’t so much on winning, but instruction and...

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