Prospect Notebook: Baker Enjoying Move To Pen; McPherson Trying to Get Back on Track

Nathan Baker spent the entire 2011 season with the High-A Bradenton Marauders, where he made 25 starts (29 appearances). The left-hander posted a 3.34 ERA over a career-high 148.1 innings and cut down his walk to strikeout ratio with a 6.4 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9. Baker was promoted to Double-A Altoona after spring training this year and started off strong with the Curve. The lefty allowed just one run over five frames in his debut at the...

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Prospect Notebook: Marte Could be Promoted During Midst of Pennant Race

By Kristy Robinson and Tim Williams Prospect Starling Marte has been swinging a hot bat in Triple-A recently, which has begun the frenzy of questions on when he will be called up. Marte is hitting for a .290/.350/.492 line with nine homers in 331 at-bats in Triple-A this year, and has a 14 game hitting streak after going 1-for-4 on Sunday. It was only a few weeks ago that Marte had an OPS in the .750 range. But the center fielder has...

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Prospect Watch: Six Shutout Innings For Locke and Von Rosenberg

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 mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 7.50) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-6, 4.18) - DNP 3. Mark Appel, RHP (No Stats) – Unsigned 4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.277) - 2-for-4 5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.333) - 2-for-4, HR,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it’s time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season. I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the...

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Robbie Grossman Learning to Adjust at Double-A

ALTOONA, Pa. — Outfielder Robbie Grossman had a huge season with High-A Bradenton in 2011. The 22-year-old saw a break out year where he finished with a .294/.418/.451 line, with 34 doubles, 13 homers and 23 stolen bases over 134 games with the Marauders. Grossman became the first minor league player since Nick Swisher in 2004 to score at least 100 runs and walk at least 100 times in a single season. His 127 runs scored were the...

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