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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First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

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 they will be put to the test this year. Tom Bragg wrote today about how the bullpen has been over-worked, noting that a lot of the current relievers are on pace for career innings totals. If...

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

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players...

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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 into a 2-1 victory and registering the only significant blemish...

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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

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