Minor League Schedule: 4/9/12

All four teams play tonight, starting with Altoona at 6:30 against Akron. Both Altoona and Bradenton had off yesterday. Two big starts on the schedule for tonight. For Indianapolis, Charlie Morton takes the mound in a rehab start, while Gerrit Cole, the top ranked player in the Pirates farm system, makes his pro debut. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. AAA: Indianapolis (3-1) @ Columbus (3-1) 6:35pm Probable...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/8/12

Just two teams playing today as both Altoona and Bradenton take Easter Sunday off. Altoona resumes their schedule on Monday night at home against Akron, the start of a three game series. Bradenton will begin a three game series in Palm Beach on Monday night. A full recap of last night’s games can be found here. AAA: Indianapolis (2-1) @ Toledo (1-2) 1:00pm Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (2-3 4.72 for the Pirates last year)...

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2012 West Virginia Power Season Preview

The 2012 West Virginia Power will feature one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system this year, with a lot of high upside prospects at the level. The team will open with three top ten prospects in Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, and Nick Kingham. High upside guys like Jose Osuna, Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia, Gregory Polanco, Ryan Hafner, Zack Dodson, and Zack Von Rosenberg will also be on...

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Reviewing the Progress of the 2009 Prep Pitchers

My process for evaluating players out of high school is simple. I don’t really start grading players heavily until what would have been their junior year of college. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the obvious highly touted Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell type players. But for the most part, I don’t like penalizing a player because he turned pro out of high school and struggled his first two years, rather than...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Four Strong Against Yankees

Gerrit Cole took the mound at Pirate City today for a start against the New York Yankees’ A-ball team. Cole made his last start against the Yankees’ Double-A team earlier in the week. The outing for the 2011 first overall pick was a strong one. Cole went four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and one strikeout. He threw 53 pitches, with 38 going for strikes. In the first inning Cole got two ground outs...

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