Notes: Brock Holt, Jack Taschner, Matt McSwain, Catchers

Some afternoon notes… -First, a an update on the notes from over the weekend.  I mentioned that the Pirates were on the hook for the rest of Jack Taschner’s salary.  Since Taschner has less than five years of service time, he isn’t guaranteed the rest of his salary, which saves the Pirates a little less than $500 K. -Brock Holt does not have a torn MCL and will not require surgery. That might even mean he...

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May Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia has some interesting prospects, but at the moment they’re probably the only full season league without a top 10 prospect in the Pirates’ organization.  The guys who are top prospects either haven’t been consistent enough this season, or haven’t taken their game to the next level.  West Virginia should see a surge in talent by the end of June, as prep pitchers like Zach Von Rosenberg...

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2010 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

In the past two drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges.  In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas.  They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC.  Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up...

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April Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia has seen the most struggles so far this season out of all the teams in the Pirates’ organization.  They’ve been dealt some bad breaks (injuries to starters Quinton Miller and Phillip Irwin), saw some key players slumping (Hunter Strickland), and in several cases, seemed like just a spot for guys who were only there to get a full season of work in, before returning to the short season leagues when the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/14/10

The prospect watch returns for a day, but will take another break until Saturday.  I’ll be heading back up to Pennsylvania tomorrow, visiting family and going to the Pirates game on Friday.  Just like earlier this week, I’ve already got posts scheduled to go up, just no prospect watch due to my limited access to the internet over the next two days. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 3-0 against...

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