Jeff Locke and Jameson Taillon Post the Top Pitching Performances of the Week

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was. The formula for...

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Bullpen Work Paying Off For Zack Dodson

After pitching last season in West Virginia with good results, Zack Dodson seemed like a surprise returner to the Power roster this year. He did miss some time with a hand injury, but in his 13 starts for West Virginia the 2009 fourth round draft pick put up a 2.57 ERA with good control (15 walks in 64.1 IP), a .246 BAA and a strong 1.44 GO/AO ratio. Those numbers earned him a ranking just outside the Pirates Prospects top twenty in...

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Minor League Schedule: 7/30/12

Altoona has off today. They resume their schedule on the road in Trenton tomorrow night with Gerrit Cole on the mound. The two other top pitching prospects in the system will go tonight. Jameson Taillon ranks ninth in the FSL in strikeouts, while Luis Heredia ranks ninth in the NYPL in ERA and he has a 1.03 WHIP. Both DSL teams, as well as the GCL Pirates, had off yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here....

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Hanson, Osuna, Polanco, and Garcia All Have Multi-Hit Games

It was a good all around night for the West Virginia Power tonight as they defeated the Lakewood Blueclaws by a 6-0 score. They had the attack of the lefties on the mound, going five innings with starter Mike Jefferson, followed by three from Zac Fuesser with the final inning covered by side-arm reliever Robbie Kilcrease. The bats were on, especially the four big name players on the roster, Alen Hanson, Jose Osuna, Gregory Polanco and...

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Minor League Schedule: 7/25/12

One day after trading away two of their top twenty pitching prospects, Rudy Owens and Colton Cain, the Pirates send some big names to the mound in the minors. Top prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, along with rising prospect Clay Holmes all take the mound tonight. Zack Dodson also takes the mound, as he now moves up the left-handed pitching chart with two lefties gone from the system. Indianapolis has an early afternoon game...

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