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Class AAA Indianapolis: As Bryanzane points out, Ryan Doumit is just killing the ball, hitting .429/.500/.750 with two homers in 28 at bats. He also hit a grand slam yesterday. Bryan Bixler is hitting .419/.486/.484; obviously, he isn't going to sustain a .419 batting average, so it'll be interesting to see how he's doing in six weeks or so. On the pitching side, Sean Burnett and Bryan Bullington have impressive ERAs, but don't have the strikeout to walk numbers to back them up. Statistically, Indianapolis' best pitchers so far have probably been Marty McLeary and Jesse Chavez.

Class AA Altoona: Neil Walker and especially Andrew McCutchen have struggled mightily so far, with McCutchen hitting just .111/.200/.148. What little offense the Curve has mustered has come from non-prospects Randy Ruiz and Adam Boeve. The pitchers haven't been much more impressive. Newcomer Alay Soler had a strong first start, and Yoslan Herrera has started twice and has a 5.00 ERA.

Class A+ Lynchburg: As with Altoona, the hitting prospects have mostly struggled; Brad Corley, Steve Pearce, Shelby Ford and Steve Lerud have done little so far. And again, there's little of interest to report from the pitching side; Todd Redmond has struck out nine batters and walked only one, but he's also given up three homers in his 8.2 innings. Pat Bresnehan has been decent out of the bullpen, but you hate to see a guy who was a fifth round pick less than a year ago already being used in the bullpen, even if that was the Pirates' plan for him all along. Remarkably, the Hillcats were no-hit into the seventh inning in both the games of their doubleheader yesterday.

Class A Hickory: Finally, some hitting! Jamie Romak, Angel Gonzalez and James Boone are all hitting very well, and 2006 draftees Jim Negrych and Alex Presley have begun to turn it on, too. Several starters, including Jared Hughes and Eric Krebs (who's still waiting for his second start) have pitched well, and Charles Benoit has posted excellent numbers out of the pen. 2006 second-rounder Mike Felix continues to struggle. The Hillcats haven't played since Friday - they lost almost their entire series against Lakewood due to weather. They'll play tonight at Lexington.