Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/30/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Diego Moreno played the last two seasons in the VSL, making his pro debut in the states this year in State College. Moreno combined for a 1.52 ERA and a 37:9 K/BB ratio in 53.1 innings pitched in the VSL prior to his time in State College. This year Moreno has really stepped up. In his short time with the Spikes, Moreno pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and four...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/28/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates signed four prep pitchers to above slot deals. The only player to make his debut so far has been Trent Stevenson. Stevenson has gradually increased his workload in his first five outings, starting with one inning pitched in the first, two in the second, three innings in the third outing, four in his fourth outing, and five innings tonight. The process seems like a good way to ease the prep...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/27/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Starling Marte went 0 for 4 tonight, which is a very significant event. Marte went from the DSL last year to West Virginia, stopping for two games in Bradenton, and skipping State College completely. It doesn’t seem like the jump to West Virginia has provided him much of a challenge. So far Marte is hitting .320/.380/.438 in 194 at-bats, with 21 stolen bases. The 0 for 4 performance tonight was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/26/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Wes Freeman hit two homers in the span of four games at the start of this month. From August 11th, the day after he hit the second homer, to tonight’s game he went 6 for 33 (.182) with 20 of his 27 outs coming via strikeout. This includes a six game stretch where he went 0 for 18 with 13 strikeouts. Freeman, taken in the 16th round last year, is a five tool prospect, although his abilities are...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/24/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 5-1 against Columbus. -Jose Tabata went 0 for 3.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3. -Brad Lincoln pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out five. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 2 with a walk. Neil Walker went 2 for 4. Jonathan Meloan pitched two innings, allowing one hit (a solo homer) and striking out...

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