Pens’ Development Camp: What to watch for


The Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 prospect development camp kicks off Tuesday, July 13th and runs through Saturday, July 17th. The group of rookies and prospects will take part in the development camp, which consists of on-ice practice and scrimmage sessions at Southpointe, medical and fitness testing at the UPMC Sports Medicine Complex on the South Side and workouts, meetings and seminars at Mellon Arena. The group 25 plus prospects headlined by top prospects Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo, Eric Tangradi and Beau Bennett arrived in Pittsburgh today for a team meeting. The players will go through medical testing tomorrow morning at the UPMC complex, followed by the first practice session Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The on-ice sessions will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. All on-ice sessions at Southpointe will be open to the public and start at 3:00 p.m. The instructors will be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden,Read More »

Pirates demote pitching prospect Alderson; re-acquire Bixler


The Pittsburgh Pirates today re-acquired shortstop Brian Bixler from the Cleveland Indians in-exchange for cash considerations. Bixler, 27, was selected by the Pirates in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft. Once considered the Pirates top shortstop prospect in their system, the 27 year old infielder has failed to make any impact at the MLB level and has spent most of his career in the minor leagues. Bixler was batting .278 with 3 home runs and 27 RBI’s in 64 games this season with Triple-A Columbus, the Cleveland Indians top minor league affiliate. Bixler appeared in 18 games with the Pirates in 2009, batting .227 before being traded to Cleveland this past off-season. Bixler has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Meanwhile, the Pirates made two roster moves involving two of their top pitching prospects.

MLB Draft: How four of the top college prospects fared Thursday night


MLB Draft Update No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper and three of the top rated college pitchers were in action Thursday. Here’s how they all fared. *Bryce Harper, the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming June draft, blasted his 24th home run of the season, leading No. 2 College of Southern Nevada to a 9-8 victory over Western Nebraska Community College on Thursday at Merchants Park.

Pirates promote pitching prospect Bryan Morris


The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Sunday that RHP Bryan Morris has been promoted from Bradenton (A – Advanced) of the Florida State League to the Altoona Curve.With Bradenton, Morris was leading the FSL with a 0.60 ERA and posted a 3-0 record. The Pirates are hopeful that Morris will continue to progress in Altoona and be in line for a Triple-A callup in August, according to GM Neal Huntington. There’s an outside chance that Morris projects to enter the majors in August or September of 2011. Morris was traded to Pittsburgh along with Andy LaRoche in July 2008 as part of a three-team deal that also involved the Boston Red Sox and involved Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay. Morris was Dodgers first round draft choice in the 2006 June Draft(26th overall pick).

Pirates eye more consistency from top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln


Lincoln hit hard in Friday’s loss Pirates management has been pleased with Brad Lincoln’s progress and believe he is on track for a 2010 callup but a callup won’t be happening anytime soon. The Pirates are eyeing more consistency from Lincoln who was hit hard in Indianapolis 7-6 loss Friday night. Lincoln (2-1, 4.76 ERA) pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 earned runs, 2 home runs and walked 4. Lincoln was coming off a strong outing against Louisville on April 25, where he surrendered just 1 run and 5 hits in 7 innings. Lincoln’s development of his breaking ball has been one area where Pirates scouts having been raving about. However, a best case scenario for the Pirates is for Lincoln to dominate at the Triple-A level this season, before getting called up. The former first round pick has yet to do that at any level in the minors. LincolnRead More »

Penguins prospect Philip Samuelsson faces charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol following a car crash


Three Boston College players, including Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 second round pick Philip Samuelsson were among those charged after an automobile collided with a trolley in the Boston area. Goaltender Parker Milner and defenseman Philip Samuelsson and Patrick Wey face charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol following the crash, The reported this morning. According to the, the three were reported to be among seven in a Jeep Cherokee near midnight Saturday in Brighton, Mass. A trolley operator reported that the car’s driver, pulled in front of the trolley and tried to make a U-turn, causing the collision, the website reported. The trolley operator told police that three of the Jeep’s occupants, including Milner, threw away what looked like alcohol containers before fleeing the scene, according to Milner and Wey are 19; Samuelsson is 18. All are freshmen. Samuelsson who is one of the Penguins topRead More »

Walker falls short of hitting for cycle in 9-6 win


Neil Walker went 3-for-5 and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle in the Indians 9-6 win over the Toledo Mud Hens Sunday afternoon. Walker hit a leadoff 1st inning homer off of Ruddy Lugo, for his first homer since August 29, 2009. Batting leadoff and playing third, Walker’s 3-for-5 day bumped his batting average up to .314 on the season. In what maybe his most important professional season of his career, Walker has seen time at third base, second base, left field and right field this season as the Pirates are hopeful that he will develop into a utility player at the major league level. Brandon Moss and Jonathan Van Every also homered for the Indians. Top prospect Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI’s but struckout three times in the game. Alvarez is batting .233 on the season.

Top pitching prospect Alderson earns 1st win


Top pitching prospect Tim Alderson (1-0, 3.60 era) earned his first win of the season Thursday night, for the Altoona Curve (7-1) who are off to their best start in franchise history. Altoona managed 13 runs on 15 hits, defeating Erie 13-5 to improve to 7-1 on the season. Alderson pitched five innings, surrendering four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. The center piece of Neal Huntington’s trade acquisitions last summer, Alderson is a tall and projectable pitcher with a lot of polish. He pitches on a downward plane and gets swings and misses with both his fastball and curveball.

Tuesday’s Minor League Report: Alvarez goes 2-for-4 in loss


*Pittsburgh Pirates Top prospect Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with 2 singles in the Indianapolis Indians 6-0 loss to Toledo Tuesday night. Alvarez who is batting .250 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s in 6 games, is 3-for-7 with 2 runs scored in his last two games. Alvarez is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position through 6 games but the opportunites to drive in runs Tuesday night were not there. The Indians 1-3 hitters went a combined 1-for-10 as the Indians managed just 5 hits on the night. Meanwhile, 2004 1st round pick Neil Walker continues to see action at multiple positions through the first six games.