Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/8/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 2-1 to Columbus. Game Notes: Ryan Doumit continues to go hitless in his rehab stint, going 0 for 3. Tom Gorzelanny went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Not a good outing for Gorzelanny, with a high walk rate, but he managed to come out with just one run allowed. AA The Result: Altoona won 1-0...

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Pirates Notebook: Three Roster Situations

Here’s a look at three roster situations the Pittsburgh Pirates have to deal with: 1. Donald Veal Returns Veal has been on the 15-day DL, and started his rehab on June 8th. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, pitchers can only spend a maximum of 30 days in rehab. That means that Veal’s rehab is over after July 7th. Since Veal is a Rule 5 choice, the Pirates have two options: -Bring Veal up to the majors-Try...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/3/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis lost 1-0 to Louisville, despite an eight inning complete game by Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny allowed five hits and one un-earned run, while striking out five and walking none. Since being sent back down, Gorzelanny has pitched 22 innings, allowing two earned runs, with 13 hits and a 26:5 K/BB ratio. Gorzelanny has a 2.87 ERA on the season at AAA. AA Altoona...

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Pirates Notebook: Nate McLouth Part 2?

Two years ago I wasn’t sold at all on Nate McLouth. From what I could tell there were two camps: one which felt McLouth could be a solid everyday player that should be in the lineup, and another that felt McLouth had some power, but couldn’t hit for average to warrant everyday playing time. I wasn’t sold on his average, which was .249 in his first three seasons, although I did want him playing over guys like Jeromy...

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Pirates Notebook: Not a good series against the Nats

Yeah, the Pirates went 3-1 against the Nationals, and they came very close to sweeping Washington in four games. Then again, the Nationals came very close to sweeping the Pirates in four games as well. Let’s ignore the Pirates taking three out of four for a second and break down the games in this series: Game One: The Pirates were down 5-3 after five innings. Nationals starter Ross Detwiler, making his second start in the big...

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