Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/21/10

The GCL Pirates started their season today. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 2-0 to Durham.  Daniel McCutchen pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit and striking out three. The Indianapolis offense was held to just one hit.  That...

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The Second Wave

I came to a realization last night as I was doing the game recap for the Indianapolis Indians.  With Pedro Alvarez getting called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates today, there isn’t much talent remaining at the top level.  The first wave of talent has officially arrived, but it may until this time next year before we see any more additions. Alvarez joins top prospects Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, who were both called up...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/16/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Trenton 8-4.  Rudy Owens pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Derek Hankins pitched 3.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Hankins also allowed all three inherited runners to score in the sixth inning.  Owens pitched five shutout innings,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/7/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 5-3.  Brian Burres pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Vinnie Chulk added a scoreless inning, but lucked out by alloing two hits and two walks.  He lucked out because Justin Thomas came on with one out in the seventh, and the bases loaded, and got a double play.  Thomas pitched 1.2 innings, allowing one hit...

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Machado and Taillon: The Last Men Standing

For several weeks, every mock draft had the Pirates taking Manny Machado or Jameson Taillon, but there existed the possibility that the Pirates would go a different direction, taking someone like Drew Pomeranz with their first round pick, in order to save money for the later rounds.  Lately, it seems that the field has been narrowed down to two: Machado and Taillon. Jim Callis of Baseball America recently said it was a two horse...

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