It has been awhile since I did a recap of the minor league teams. The last one I did was Bradenton. After that I got all the data together for the Altoona and Indianapolis recaps, then experienced something every blogger has experienced at some point in time. My computer was wiped, I lost the data and the articles, and had no desire to immediately do all the work again. I kept putting off the recaps until I got to the point where I needed them for the 2013 Prospect Guide. So here we resume the series with the 2012 Altoona recap. Indianapolis will come tomorrow, and the Dominican Leagues will finish things off over the weekend.
Altoona had several interesting hitting prospects throughout the year, but not many players who rank as top prospects in the system. Robbie Grossman was the top hitting prospect at the level to start the year, but was eventually traded to Houston in the Wandy Rodriguez deal.
Tony Sanchez returned to Altoona at the start of the season, and was pro...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.