Bryan Morris, Rudy Owens are top Eastern League Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2010 Eastern League (scouting reports for subscribers here), and named Bryan Morris and Rudy Owens top prospects.  Morris and Owens ranked 14th and 15th, respectively. Morris missed ranking in the top 10 of Baseball America’s Florida State League rankings by 1.1 innings.  Morris put up a 4.25 ERA in 89 innings in the Eastern League, with an 8.5 K/9, a 3.1 BB/9, and a 0.9...

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Owens, Presley Named Pitcher and Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named Alex Presley their 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, and Rudy Owens their 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.  Both players will be honored before the home game tomorrow against the Houston Astros. Presley had a breakout season, going from high-A at the end of last year, all the way to the majors at the end of the 2010 season.  Presley started with a .350/.399/.533 line in 246 at-bats with...

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Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while.  What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few...

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Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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Rudy Owens 7/29/10 Video Recap

On July 29th, I saw Rudy Owens pitch for the first time during the 2010 season.  I saw Owens pitch several times in 2009, and a few of those outings can be seen in the video recaps section of the site. Owens was spectacular this time around, with excellent control and command of his pitches, pitching six innings, and allowing two runs on three hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts.  Owens carried a no-hitter in to the fifth inning,...

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