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 Post subject: Farm notes
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 12:47 pm 
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I notice Kevin Newman is not in the lineup again today. I think that's 2 games in a row. I wonder if he's hurt, or just needs a reset. He is being outperformed by the other Kevin down there, who is starting to become quite intriguing as a prospect. He is really raking, and plays both 2nd and 3rd base. Showing some gap power at least.

I mentioned Chris Bostick in another thread last night. There is another non-prospect who is pitching really well in Altoona. He's lefty Sean Keselica, a soon-to-be 24 year old. He has pitched 15.1 innings without giving up an earned run. He has given up just 4 hits and 4 walks in these 15.1 innings while striking out 18. Worth keeping an eye on.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:16 pm 
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My bad- Newman did play last night. Newman...


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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What's with Max Moroff? Better get that man a pee test. Tied a career season high in home runs, and it's only May 6. He's got 8 already.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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doug frobel wrote:
What's with Max Moroff? Better get that man a pee test. Tied a career season high in home runs, and it's only May 6. He's got 8 already.


Eight errors. Guy must be brutal on defense.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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Agreed, although I think a lot of those errors have come at SS where he shouldn't be playing. Back to Kevin Kramer, I noticed that he has failed to get a hit in only 2 out of 23 games this year. In one of those games, he was 0-1 with a walk and 3 HBP! In the other, he was 0-3 with one HBP. I would promote him to Indy in June to get him 250 ABs at AAA, and see if he's ready to start at 2B in 2018.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 5:05 pm 
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Ralphie wrote:
doug frobel wrote:
What's with Max Moroff? Better get that man a pee test. Tied a career season high in home runs, and it's only May 6. He's got 8 already.


Eight errors. Guy must be brutal on defense.


He would fit right in with the "MLB" Pittsburgh Pirates. :lol: :roll: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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Kevin Newman hit by a pitch and removed from the game. More later...


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 4:00 pm 
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When the big team is sucking, I follow the minors teams more. I'll just keep this thread going.

The last two days, Indy has gotten great pitching performances from two mid-level prospects. Yesterday, Clay Holmes pitched 7 innings and gave up just two runs. I don't remember the pitch count exactly, but it was less than 90. Today, Tyler Eppler topped him, pitching 7 scoreless with 8 Ks. His ERA is now down to 2.53. I'm not sure what these two guys' ceilings are, I think back-end of the rotation. But still, if they meet that expectation, that will help.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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doug frobel wrote:
Kevin Newman hit by a pitch and removed from the game. More later...


Beaned. Fortunately, no concussion, just a contusion. Mitch Keller also was removed early from a game last night, but no worries there. He was stung by a bee. Went 4.2 innings allowing just one hit. Still dominating.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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Kevin Kramer is starting to have a breakout season down in Altoona.

The 2015 2nd Round Pick is slashing .376/.475/.614 for an OPS of 1.089

In his first 2 minor league seasons he put up pretty ordinary numbers but after this start he's making a case to become a notable prospect in the Pirates' system. He is currently ranked as the #19 prospect in the organization.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:48 am 
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Nick Kingham threw 5 scoreless innings for Bradenton last night in a rehab start. He gave up just 1 hit, and threw only 68 pitches. He had no walks or strikeouts, and a lot of ground balls. Good news.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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Is it a red flag that he didn't miss any bats?


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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doug frobel wrote:
Is it a red flag that he didn't miss any bats?


No, its his first outing in like a year and a half. Just be glad he was able to get out there.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 2:36 pm 
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Oh, this thread uses the term "farm" meaning minor leagues.

Here I thought it was going to be about how the Pirates are using farming techniques to fertilize their players, because they're clearly covered in shit.

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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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No, despite its title, this thread has no information about crop rotation or beef prices. However, it does appear that the gloves are coming off with Kingham. He is making a rehab start at AAA tonight. This could be huge. Help could be coming soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:58 pm 
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Kingham was alright tonight, pitching into the 6th inning giving up 2 runs. But the beat just keeps on going for Bostick and Moroff.

Bostick has multi-hit games in 10 of his last 12 games. Think about that. That's tough to do in slow pitch softball.

The Moroff power surge is getting difficult to ignore. Two more tonight gives him 12 for the young season. Average up to .274 with lots of walks.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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So, on the heels of the Kang news, Bostick gets the start at 3rd base today for Indy. Interesting. Oh, and , ho hum, gets another 2 hits. 11 multi-hit games out of his last 13. Hitting .372. If you want to see the glass as half empty, he has only drawn 6 walks in 124 ABs.

Edgar Santana's ERA is down to 0.39 after another scoreless outing today. Why in the hell is he not on the MLB team, but Josh Lindblom is. We don't need more long relievers.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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Edgar Santana update: he now has 15 straight scoreless appearances covering 22.1 innings. Around 20 Ks and 5 BB. Somewhere around 12 hits. Just dominant.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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doug frobel wrote:
Edgar Santana update: he now has 15 straight scoreless appearances covering 22.1 innings. Around 20 Ks and 5 BB. Somewhere around 12 hits. Just dominant.

He should be on the major league team. Now.


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 Post subject: Re: Farm notes
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Bucfan wrote:
doug frobel wrote:
Edgar Santana update: he now has 15 straight scoreless appearances covering 22.1 innings. Around 20 Ks and 5 BB. Somewhere around 12 hits. Just dominant.

He should be on the major league team. Now.


He is fun to watch. His slider is deadly. I think he needs to work on the curve ball some as major league hitters will quit swinging at the slider and sit fastball. But yeah...He could become the next dominant closer pretty quickly.

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