The minor league regular season ended yesterday and two affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates made the playoffs. Bradenton won their first half title and we have known about them being in the playoffs since June. Altoona didn't know they were going to the playoffs until yesterday around 3:00 PM when Brett McKinney recorded the final out in a 2-0 victory in ten innings. We now go into playoff mode with Bradenton playing their first game tonight.
The Marauders took a little hit on the prospect side recently, losing Tito Polo and Stephen Tarpley. That also gave them a little hit in the team strength. They still have Jordan Luplow, Connor Joe and Pablo Reyes in the lineup, three batters who have hit really well over the last five weeks. Kevin Kramer is a solid #2 or #3 hitter, depending on w...
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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.