All posts tagged "vic black"

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

    Nick Kingham fanned 26 in his last 17 innings. A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates' full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Pirates Have a Lot of Pitching Depth in Indianapolis

    The Indianapolis Indians are off to a 19-7 start this year, which is their best start in 54 years. The last time they started off this well was in 1959, when they went 22-7 to start the year. Minor league wins and losses don’t mean much. The main focus is developing players...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

    Jose Contreras could be a 7th inning option for the Pirates soon. If there's one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like...

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Bell Has a Big Day at the Plate, Cole Struggles With Control

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  • Prospect Reports
    Indians Split Doubleheader in Columbus

    A single pitch separated the Indianapolis Indians from twin shutouts at Columbus’ Huntington Park on Saturday evening: Kris Johnson’s sixth-inning offering to Clippers’ designated hitter Matt Carson in game one of the International League doubleheader. Carson connected with Johnson’s middle-of-the-plate fastball and drove it over the left-field wall, turning a 1-0 deficit...

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Bounced Early in Second Straight Start Due to Pitch Count

    Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, Top Hitter: Josh Bell, HR: Josh Bell

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Oliver Has Good Debut, Cunningham Shows Power

    Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, HR: Jarek Cunningham, Taylor Lewis, Jacob Stallings

  • Season Previews
    Which Prospects From Indianapolis Will Help the Pirates This Year?

    Earlier I posted the 2013 Indianapolis Indians preview. The Triple-A squad is going to be where most of the replacements are going to come from for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. Here is a look at some of the options in Triple-A. The goal here is to get an idea of who...

  • Analysis
    How Did Vic Black Get His Unusual Delivery?

    Vic Black The majority of Pirates fans haven't had many chances to see Vic Black pitch. They've probably seen the numbers, highlighted by a 1.65 ERA and an 85:29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings in Altoona last year. They might have heard of his fastball, which usually sits in the 96-98 MPH...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: A Look at Nick Kingham’s Constantly Increasing Velocity

    Nick Kingham was sitting 93-95 MPH through two innings today. Nick Kingham pitched his first game today against the New York Yankees minor league system. Kingham started the Double-A game, going two innings while allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander ran into some trouble...

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