Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects

The 2010 season has been rough for the Pirates’ farm system, and it really shows in the updated top 30.  Gone are top prospects like Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln.  Three of my mid-season top 10 prospects have suffered major injuries, causing them to miss a lot of development time this year.  Three pre-season top 10 prospects have really struggled at the AA level this year.  The system is probably without a Grade...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off for the AAA All-Star Game.  Erik Kratz was the lone representative.  He went 0-for-1, then was called up to the majors. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star Game.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a grand slam.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs.  Hector Gimenez went 0-for-2.  Matt Hague went 0-for-2....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 10-9 to Columbus.  Charlie Morton pitched six innings, allowing seven runs, three earned, on nine hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Steven Jackson allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work.  Daniel Moskos allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work. Erik Kratz went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.  Brian Myrow went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs....

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June Prospects Rundown: State College Spikes

State College started their season in mid-June, shortly after the 2010 MLB draft.  It’s hard enough to draw any conclusions about the performance of the players at the level based on two weeks of play.  What makes things harder is that development is often hard to pinpoint at the lower levels.  The pitchers are throwing mostly fastballs, focused more on their control and command of the pitch than they are of their...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/3/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 2-0 to Louisville.  Brian Burres pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning in relief. Erik Kratz went 1-for-4 with a double.  Akinori Iwamura went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Jim Negrych, Jeff Clement, and Kevin Melillo each went 1-for-4. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona lost to Reading 7-4....

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