Morning Report: Best OPS Doesn’t Always Equal Best Prospect
Sep06

Morning Report: Best OPS Doesn’t Always Equal Best Prospect

When judging the prospect status of a player in the lower levels, OPS is one of the main tools you use, but a high OPS doesn’t always mean a player is a legit prospect and the Pirates had three examples of that this year in the GCL and with Bristol and Jamestown. The leaders in OPS in the lower levels for the Pirates were Henrry Rosario, Danny Arribas and Kevin Krause, not exactly the names that stick out in your mind when you...

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Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base
Sep05

Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base

Today is the 78th birthday of Pittsburgh Pirates’ legendary second baseman Bill Mazeroski, so what better day to take a quick look at the depth at second base in the Pirates’ system. As a side note, you can read a bio of Mazeroski here, which was posted two years ago today on the blog site. The depth at second base obviously starts with Alen Hanson, who is the only top prospect among second baseman in the system right now....

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Morning Report: Jose Osuna Quietly Had a Strong Second Half
Sep04

Morning Report: Jose Osuna Quietly Had a Strong Second Half

Back in 2012, I got to see the West Virginia Power play two series in Lakewood, giving me a first chance to see Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. I also got a chance to see a 19-year-old first baseman with a sweet line drive stroke from the right side. Jose Osuna had some strong games during the seven games he played in Lakewood, collecting hits in six of those games. He hit a homer and three doubles, showing some pop in his bat. Those...

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Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks
Sep03

Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks

Yesterday we focused on the excellent control shown by all 14 college pitchers that the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted. On the offensive side, it looks like they focused on some hitters that could take walks. Jamestown had four batters in the top 21 in the league in walks, while the only college hitter from the 2014 draft on Bristol(Jerrick Suiter) finished second in the league in walks. Jamestown had catcher Taylor Gushue and outfielder...

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Morning Report: Pirates Draft Picks Are in Control
Sep02

Morning Report: Pirates Draft Picks Are in Control

The Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy with college pitchers this year and they all seemed to have something in common, they could throw strikes. Some of the pitchers they drafted displayed exceptional control, especially the starters at Jamestown. Tyler Eppler, Montana DuRapau, Alex McRae and Frank Duncan led Jamestown in innings pitched, all pitching between 61 and 68.2 innings. They combined for a 199:46 K/BB ratio. The fifth starter...

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