First Pitch: The 2011 Draft is the Exact Opposite of the 2009 Draft

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the Pirates have from each pitcher. 2nd Round –...

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First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

Today we finished up the Bradenton Marauders recap, which means we’ve wrapped up all of the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft. There are still players from the 2009 draft to cover in the upper levels of the farm system. However, since a bulk of the draft was focused on those prep pitchers, this would be a good time to review the draft. Before we begin, a reminder on my strategy for evaluating a draft. You can evaluate a draft at...

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Zack Dodson Suspended 50 Games For Substance Abuse

Left-handed pitching prospect Zack Dodson has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for substance abuse, according to John Perrotto. Dodson was placed on the temporary inactive list recently, and now we know why. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington issued the following statement about Dodson’s suspension: “We are extremely disappointed in Zack’s actions and have expressed this disappointment to him. We are...

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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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