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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Prospect Notebook: Strong Outings for Dodson, Fuesser

The A-ball games at Pirate City today featured two left-handers who put up strong numbers in A-ball last year. Zack Dodson and Zac Fuesser took the mound on opposite fields, taking on the New York Yankees’ A-ball teams. Both southpaws threw three innings, and the results in each game were strong. Dodson allowed just two hits in three shutout innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. He was sitting 91-93 MPH with his fastball....

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Keith Law’s Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Along with his top 100 prospect list, Keith Law has released his top ten prospects for each team. The list for the Pittsburgh Pirates starts out in the exact order as order in the top 100 list. Gerrit Cole comes in first, followed in order by Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, Starling Marte, and Robbie Grossman. Luis Heredia, who was on Law’s list of players who just missed the top 100, came in sixth. The next player was Kyle...

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West Virginia Power Player Reports 8/26/11

West Virginia beat Lexington 7-5 tonight, thanks to a big four run fifth inning.  Zack Dodson made the start, and was followed up by Orlando Castro and Casey Sadler.  Here are my notes from the game. Zack Dodson Dodson threw four innings tonight, giving up three runs on four hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  He was mostly sitting in the 88-90 MPH range, although he fell to the 86-88 range in the fourth inning.  Dodson started off...

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