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Prospect Highlights: Josh Bell Extends Streak, Cole Tucker Double, Orlando Castro vs Colin Moran

Josh Bell extended his hit streak to 12 games on Wednesday night when he collected this double in the sixth inning. Bell has a .332/.382/.516 slash line through 71 games with Bradenton and he was recently named to the Future’s Game. He is third in the FSL in hits, OPS and RBIs, second in slugging percentage and tied for fifth in doubles.

On Wednesday afternoon, Pirates first round draft pick Cole Tucker collected his first extra-base hit as a pro. He doubled in the first inning, then scored on a double by Carlos Munoz. The GCL Pirates had five straight hits in that first inning, four went for extra bases. Tucker is 2-for-9 early in his career. Below is video courtesy of LetsGoMarauders, posted on their GCL Pirates fan page.

Orlando Castro pitched a gem on Wednesday, throwing seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks. Below is video of Castro facing four different batters, finishing with a match-up against 2013 first round pick Colin Moran. Castro had two starts earlier this month in which he allowed a combined 12 runs over 8.1 innings. In his other 13 outings combined, he has a 2.29 ERA.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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freddylang

Was going through some old pics and found a few shots of interesting and not so interesting fairly recent Pirate history. Joey Bats manning 3B, Jack Wilson, Nyjer Morgan in the OF, and the infamous Matt Morris. (He was hitting about 85 on the gun that day and my quote was “This guy is done.”) All photos from Bradenton against the Reds 3/14/2008

JayBird

Seeing Bautista as one who got away still fries me. Gotta say, though, I was not hopping mad when the Bucs let him go. I’m not blaming anyone… just lamenting my stupidity.

freddylang

Yeah. I don’t have a problem with them trading him…just the fact they got a low upside catcher for him. That is Littlefield though. The king of low upside. Bautista was the same guy with the Jays the first year too…then his eye got miraculously better and it all changed.

freddylang

I really liked Matt Morris when he was young and injuries derailed what could have been a great career…one of the most nonsensical trades I have ever seen taking on that huge contract and a dead arm.

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