Throwing Cold Water on the Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have arguably been the best story of the 2010 season so far for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  You’ve got three pitchers who are striking out close to a batter an inning, and allowing just over one walk or hit per inning.  You’ve got eight players hitting for a .282 average or better.  The team as a whole is hitting 15 points higher than any other team in the league, with an OPS that is 40...

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April Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have been unreal.  Looking at their stats is like looking at the stats generated from a video game team.  Three starting pitchers have struck out almost a batter per inning, and have a WHIP in the 1.01-1.11 range.  Eight players currently have a .282 batting average or better.  Three of those players are hitting for a .329 average or better.  Five players have an OPS above .800. The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/25/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 6-1 against Louisville, led by a Brad Lincoln gem, and some great hitting by Steve Pearce and Neil Walker.  Lincoln pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with no walks and five strikeouts to get the win.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Jean Machi came on to close things out in the ninth, pitching a shutout inning, allowing a walk...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was postponed due to rain. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona got a strong start from Michael Crotta, but lost 4-3 to Erie thanks to a three run home run given up by reliever Dustin Molleken.  Crotta pitched another strong outing, going six innings and allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.  Crotta now has a 1.78 ERA on the season.  If you’re interested...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/20/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 9-4 against Columbus, thanks to a big seven run fourth inning that saw three Indians home runs.  Brian Myrow got things started with a solo shot, giving Indianapolis a 1-0 lead.  Brian Friday knocked in two more runs with a two RBI single.  Jose Tabata then broke things open with a three run homer, his first of the season.  Neil Walker followed that up with a solo homer....

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