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Down On The Farm – Pirates Minor League Roundup

Down On The Farm – Pirates Minor League Roundup

AAA Indianapolis Indians
As is the case with most AAA teams these days, the Indians feature a number minor league veterans, as opposed to legitimate prospects.
- Brian Bixler has gotten off to a hot start, hitting .476/.500/.571 (BA/OBP/SLG) in his first 21 at-bats. The 24-year old Bixler, a second round pick out of Eastern Michigan in 2004, is likely a future utility infielder at the major league level. Despite high batting averages in the low minors, Bixler has a propensity to swing and miss with some frequency (18.3 K% at Lynchburg, 22.6% at Altoona) and has benefitted from abnormally high BABIP (Batting Average in Balls In Play) numbers that cannot be sustained. Bixler had a .373 BABIP at Lynchburg and a .392 BABIP at Altoona. Because of his high strikeout rate and his luck on balls in play, Bixler is unlikely to be more than a .270-.275 hitter at the big league level. Without great secondary skills (drawing walks, hitting for power) and ordinary defensive skills (scouting reports ...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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