Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/10/09

Lynchburg Hillcats vs Wilmington Blue Rocks The Lynchburg Hillcats won a great pitching matchup tonight, beating the Wilmington Blue Rocks 1-0 to take game two of the best of five series, tying the series up at 1-1. Rudy Owens made the start, and was fantastic, with six shutout innings, four hits allowed, one walk, and six strikeouts. The line was especially impressive considering the Wilmington lineup featured Eric Hosmer and Mike...

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2009 West Virginia Power Season Recap

The 2009 West Virginia Power team was probably the best team in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system this year, in terms of the talent which passed through the level. Between the 2008 draft, the 2009 draft, and the massive amounts of trades this year, a large majority of players in West Virginia were legit prospects. That’s rare for any level. The team struggled in the first half, putting up a 27-43 record, which ranked last in...

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Tony Sanchez Videos from the Lynchburg Hillcats Game

I was at the Lynchburg Hillcats game on Monday for their regular season finale. In that game I got to see Tony Sanchez behind the plate for the first time, and as usual, I took some video of the event. The video playlist below includes: -2 Innings from Matt McSwain -3 Innings from Tom Boleska (well, I missed a bit of the 3rd inning he pitched) -2 Innings from Mike Colla -Part of an inning from Noah Krol -3 Tony Sanchez at-bats -A few...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/3/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Brent Klinger was taken in the 21st round last year, draft out of Glendale Community College in Arizona. Scouting reports at the time said Klinger could throw 94 MPH, which made him an interesting addition. Klinger started off strong, with a 0.66 ERA and a 12:3 K/BB ratio in 13.2 innings pitched with the GCL Pirates in 2008. He returned to Bradenton this year and continued that success, with a 3.28 ERA...

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Rudy Owens Video Recap

I’ve been waiting to see Rudy Owens in Lynchburg for awhile. He came out of nowhere this year to absolutely dominate the South Atlantic League in West Virginia, with a 1.70 ERA, and a 91:15 K/BB ratio in 100.2 innings pitched. In his last eight starts with West Virginia, Owens was untouchable, with a 0.39 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and a 43:4 K/BB ratio in 46 innings pitched. Not only did it seem like it took forever for Owens to get...

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