As First Pitch pointed out this morning, this isn't the Pirates team we expected, but the lack of runs isn't just a problem with the parent club. That leads to the question, where is the offense with the top two teams in the Pirates' minor league system this year? Indianapolis has scored 16 runs in their seven games and they have no homers. The Indians have a .598 OPS, thanks in part to a .237 team average. Altoona has scored just 12 runs in their six games. The Curve have a .516 OPS, which surprisingly isn't the lowest in the league, although the one team below them has scored 20 runs this year. Those obviously aren't numbers you want to hear when your Major League team just got shutout twice in a row and they have a 3-6 record.
Indianapolis probably won't hit many homers this year. Wh...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.