Pirate City Notes: Curry, Rowland, Rivera, Von Rosenberg, Wang

Here is a look at today’s lineups for the minor league games. The teams will be taking on Toronto’s farm system this afternoon. The upper level teams are on the road, which means I’ll be watching the lower level guys at Pirate City. I’ve included the lineups, pitchers, and some notes on a few players below. Triple-A Lineup: Darren Ford (8), Oscar Tejeda (4), Clint Robinson (3), Matt Curry (DH), Jerry Sands (9),...

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Robby Rowland Looks Back on His First Season With the Pirates

Before coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates near the end of Spring Training this year, Robby Rowland spent two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. A third round draft pick out of high school, with a strong bonus to match, he had some struggles during his two seasons in the Pioneer League. Things changed for him this season in a big way. He went from a thrower that posted an 8.07 ERA in 14 Rookie Ball starts, to a pitcher...

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West Virginia Power 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete West Virginia Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects 1t. Alen Hanson, SS 1t. Gregory Polanco, OF I had a tough time picking the top prospect from this pair. In a tiered ranking system, they’d both be in the same group. When it comes to picking between them, it’s splitting hairs. Offensively, the difference is minimal. Polanco was more consistent this year, and hit for a better average. Hanson hit for more...

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Minor League Schedule: 9/1/12

Gerrit Cole will get his first start for Indianapolis tonight. The top prospect in the Pirates system, made his way from High-A ball to AAA during his first season in pro ball. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs Thursday and will now go on to play the winner of the Yankees/Angels series in a best of three series for the DSL championship. The start date of that series is tentatively scheduled for Sunday. The GCL...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/26/12

Jameson Taillon will make his second start at AA today, coming off five¬†shutout innings¬†in his opener. West Virginia is three games out in their division, with eight games left on the season. Bradenton trails first place Jupiter(today’s opponent) by 2.5 with eight games left. The Marauders have postponed Monday’s game already due to the tropical storm in the area. They will play a doubleheader Tuesday. Indianapolis won...

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