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All four affiliates have gone through the entire rotation now for the first time, so pitchers are now getting their second looks. Both Indianapolis and West Virginia are facing their current opponents for a second series already. Two top ten prospects will take the mound tonight, Kyle McPherson for Indianapolis and Nick Kingham for Bradenton. Altoona was rained out yesterday in the last game of the Akron series. A makeup date wasn’t announced. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here
Nick Kingham looked good early in his first start
AAA: Indianapolis (5-2) @ Columbus (1-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (0-0 9.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Toledo 2
Kyle McPherson will make his second start of the season tonight. He pitched at home against Columbus last week, and lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, while recording one strikeout. Last year, McPherson had three starts for Indianapolis, posting an 0.98 ERA, with 17 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. He also made ten appearances for the Pirates, three as a starter. An Indianapolis team preview can be viewed here.
AA: Altoona (3-3) VS Harrisburg (3-4) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out
Casey Sadler threw five innings in his debut at Erie, allowing one run on six hits, a walk and he struck out three batters. He recorded 11 outs on the ground. Last year for Bradenton, Sadler went 4-6, 3.73 in a combined 17 starts and 15 relief appearances, with 93 strikeouts in 130.1 innings. He had a .255 BAA and a 1.52 GO/AO ratio. An Altoona team preview can be viewed here.
High-A: Bradenton (0-6) @ Charlotte(3-3) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (0-1, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 4 Bradenton 3 in 10 innings
Nick Kingham will make his second start of the season tonight. He pitched five innings in his season debut against Fort Myers and allowed two earned runs on three hits, one walk and he struck out four batters. Last year for West Virginia, he was 6-8, 4.39 in 27 starts. He threw a total of 127 innings, striking out 117 batters, against just 36 walks, while posting a 1.25 GO/AO ratio. Kingham allowed 15 homers last year and one during his first start this year. A Bradenton team preview can be viewed here.
Low-A: West Virginia (1-6) @ Asheville (5-2) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (0-1, 2.84)
Yesterday’s Result: Charleston 12 West Virginia 5
Orlando Castro will make his second start of the season tonight. He threw 6.1 innings in his debut against Asheville, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks, while striking out six hitters. Last year for West Virginia, the 21-year-old lefty was 4-6, 4.76 in 17 relief appearances and one start. He had 42 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. He also made three scoreless relief appearances for State College. A West Virginia team preview can be viewed here.
BEST OF MAXIM
Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano both threw at Pirate City this afternoon. Morton threw a 35-40 pitch bullpen session, which came two days after he threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game. Liriano threw two innings of a simulated game, throwing about 30 pitches total. I spoke with both pitchers after their work today to discuss how they were feeling physically,...
Spring Training is over for the full season teams, but for players who will start the year in Jamestown, the Gulf Coast League, or the Dominican Summer League, there’s extended Spring Training. Extended Spring Training works similar to regular Spring Training in minor league camp. The team works out in the morning, then plays games in the afternoon against the Phillies, Blue Jays...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Jason Grilli's Pittsburgh Pirates entrance video wants you to understand one thing: It's Grilled Cheese Time!
There’s one thing you notice when you cover prospects closely: there’s no middle ground with expectations and reactions. At times it seems like there are pretty much only two reactions to a prospect. If there is a good report, or a player is performing well, there are calls for a promotion. If the player has a flaw, or is going through some struggles, the reaction...
The Altoona Curve defeated the Harrisburg Senators 5-4 in their first home game of the year. Starting pitcher Casey Sadler was solid in the victory, going six innings and surrendering three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Offensively, the Curve were led by second baseman Jarek Cunningham who went 3-for 4, including a two-run homer in the third inning. Gift Ngoepe...
Starling Marte has been the Pirates best offensive threat through the seasons first nine games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a 3-6 start in their first nine games of the season but their record does not indicate how well they COULD be if everything was clicking to this point. Let’s begin with the offense:
The Pirates have had a very poor start to the season with...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Tuesday night for their first winning streak of the season.
Pittsburgh has snapped out of its offensive funk in the desert, winning the first two games of the series by scoring 11 runs -- three more than in the...
Pirates (3-5) at D-Backs (5-3)
3:40 PM–Chase Field, Phoenix
Bring out the brooms! The Bucs go for the sweep in today’s afternoon game out in Phoenix. This would obviously be a great way to recover from the rough Dodgers series and would build some momentum going in to a weekend home series against the Reds. It would be especially great if the offense...
It took more than a week, but the Pittsburgh Pirates finally showed something resembling consistency on offense in the Bucs’ 6-5 win on Wednesday against Arizona at Chase Field.
Starling Marte had two hits, including a two-run double in the fourth, in the Pirates 6-5 win at Arizona. Photo credit: David Hague
The Pirates posted a season-high in runs scored and broke into double...
More than anything, this was a James McDonald Game. McDonald had a 1-0 lead when he took the mound in the first inning. He walked two of the first three hitters, then gave up a double, then a home run. It looked like the Pirates were going to be stuck with J-Mac at his worst. Instead, McDonald set down nine of the ten hitters he faced in the second, third, and fourth innings, only...
After posting a 2.78 ERA over 71 appearances for the Astros in 2011, Mark Melancon did not adjust well to the American League last season. He was traded to the Red Sox in the offseason and recorded a 6.20 ERA in 41 appearances. The right-hander came to Pittsburgh in the Joel Hanrahan deal and told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he feels comfortable in the Bucs bullpen.
The ninth weekend of the college season is about to get under way, as most teams reach the midway point in their schedule last week. This weekend we have a match-up between two top pitchers on Saturday, as well as two top batters starting a three game series against each other on Friday. The Pirates have the #9 and #14 picks in the upcoming June amateur draft. Throughout the college...
Sometimes life can be challenging. For example, I’ve spent basically the entirety of the past two days either in a hotel lobby, on a roof, snaking pipes, or shopping for a new toilet. That’s not to complain, adversity is what makes life great. Hopefully the Pirates have learned that lesson and this response is real. A series…