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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Prospect Watch 7/2/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis lost both games of a double header. Donald Veal pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts in game one. Veal began his rehab assignment on June 8th. By rule, pitchers can only spend 30 days on minor league rehab (20 days for hitters), which means Veal can only be on rehab in AAA until July 7th. My guess is he would be swapped out for Steven Jackson on...

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Pirates Notebook: Jose being Jose

The Pittsburgh Pirates may have a losing record so far this season, but overall, it’s been a nice year for the future of the organization. That was especially evident tonight. Brad Lincoln made a very nice start in his debut at AAA. Pedro Alvarez hit his first homer at AA, carrying over the power we saw in Lynchburg. And in the majors, Andrew McCutchen continues living up to his top prospect hype. I got to thinking about a few...

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Pirates Notebook: The 2011 Core?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a nice situation right now in Altoona. Their top three hitting prospects (I’m not including McCutchen in that statement, just the minor league guys) are all playing for the same team. The other day I pointed out how Gorkys Hernandez has been much better since Jose Tabata returned from his injury. Gorkys is batting .381/.435/.476 in that short time period, with a hit in five out of six games. My theory...

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Pirates Notebook: LaRoche Trade Coming Soon?

The promotion of Steve Pearce brings up a lot of speculation about a possible Adam LaRoche trade. It’s to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised to see LaRoche traded tomorrow. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, so please don’t start any trade rumors quoting me here. That being said, let’s review the current situation: -We know that LaRoche has been mentioned in trade talks (San Francisco is...

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