Prospect Notebook: Cole Making Progress, But Still Needs Those Strikeouts

At the start of the year, the expectation from most Pirates fans was for Gerrit Cole to go to Triple-A as a formality, just long enough to get an extra year of control and avoid Super Two status. As it turned out, Cole had some work to do at the level before he could be considered for the majors. In his first four starts, the right-hander dealt with command issues, leading to long innings. Cole wasn’t giving up a lot of runs,...

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Pirates Relief Pitching Prospects Drawing Interest?

Peter Gammons (via Will Flemming on Twitter) said on MLB Network that 10 teams were at Victory Field this weekend, looking at Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitching prospects Vic Black and Duke Welker. ON MLB Network, Peter Gammons reporting that more than 10 teams were at Victory Field this weekend looking at Vic Black and @The5thWelker — Will Flemming (@WillFlemming) May 14, 2013 Both Black and Welker are hard throwers, with their...

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Prospect Watch: Cole Has His Best Start While Pimentel Has His Worst Start

Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, HR: Brett Carroll, Dilson Herrera

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Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

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 despite a good rotation led by Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler and a red-hot Stolmy Pimentel.  The Curve is being undone by an extremely weak...

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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 for the majors. In the Triple-A level, the focus is also on providing depth for the majors. Wins can be nice to see, since they suggest that something is...

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