AFL Recap: Ngoepe Homers, Cumpton Pitches Well

In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale lost 4-3 to Surprise. Gift Ngoepe hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to tie the score at three. Three Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Matt Curry batted cleanup and played first base. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is currently hitting .230 with one homer in 74 AB’s. Adalberto Santos batted sixth and started in left field. He went 1-for-3, raising his...

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Winter Leagues Recap: 11/11

In Winter League action yesterday, Benji Gonzalez made his first start for Leones de Ponce, batting ninth and playing shortstop. He went 1-for-4, with a stolen base, a run scored and he turned two double plays. In Dominican League action, Oscar Tejada went 0-for-1 with a strikeout, while Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Neither Starling Marte, nor Gregory Polanco played yesterday, while Alen Hanson...

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DSL Pirates 2012: Players to Watch

Complete DSL Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers 10 Prospects to Watch Unlike the other teams in the system, it is much harder to put together a top ten prospect list for the Dominican Summer League. There is very little to go on besides the season stats, signing information and scouting reports that are few and far between. You base a lot on performance, where the players actually played on the field, and the player’s age, both...

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DSL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

As a group, there was a lot of good pitching from the Pirates’ two DSL teams this season. Part of it was due to high inning totals from older pitchers. It isn’t a strong group on the prospect front, with some of the higher price bonus guys getting up there in age for the league, but it isn’t totally barren of pitchers to watch. The strong pitching continued on to the postseason, as it led the Pirates to a DSL title,...

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DSL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The DSL Pirates clubs were ranked sixth and 19th in the 35 team league in OPS. As a group, they have a decent amount of six figure bonus players. Some lived up to those numbers, while others did not. Some players, that were signed rather quietly (aka low bonus) ended up having big years. The Pirates chose to move players like Edwin Espinal and Dilson Herrera to the GCL with minimal experience and high-priced signings from the 2011...

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