Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 5-0.  Michael Crotta pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks, and striking out two.  Vinnie Chulk pitched 0.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Justin Thomas added two perfect innings, striking out two.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one. Kevin Melillo went 2-for-4 with a homer, his...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/23/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Gwinnett 6-3.  Donald Veal had a rough outing, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings of work, with four walks and six strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk.  Wilfredo Ledezma picked up the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.  Two of the runs scored with Jean Machi on the mound....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/15/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-3 to Toledo.  Daniel McCutchen got hit hard, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in six innings of work, with no walks and four strikeouts.  According to Scott McCauley, his velocity was down, topping out at 90 MPH.  Justin Thomas pitched two perfect innings, with four strikeouts. Jose Tabata went 1-for-4 with a double.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 8-1.  Michael Crotta continued his impressive season, going seven innings and allowing just one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Crotta has a 2.86 ERA in his three starts for Indianapolis so far, with an 11:2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of work.  Anthony Claggett and Jeremy Powell each pitched a perfect inning in relief. The Indianapolis offense was...

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Rule 5 Draft Trends

The Rule 5 draft saw a major change in 2006.  Before 2006, players were eligible for their third Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 19 or higher, or their fourth Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 18 or lower.  In 2006, MLB changed that rule to add an extra year in both cases, giving teams an extra year to develop their prospects without being forced to add them to the 40-man roster, or risk losing them in the Rule...

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