2009 West Virginia Power Season Recap

The 2009 West Virginia Power team was probably the best team in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system this year, in terms of the talent which passed through the level. Between the 2008 draft, the 2009 draft, and the massive amounts of trades this year, a large majority of players in West Virginia were legit prospects. That’s rare for any level. The team struggled in the first half, putting up a 27-43 record, which ranked last in...

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Tony Sanchez Videos from the Lynchburg Hillcats Game

I was at the Lynchburg Hillcats game on Monday for their regular season finale. In that game I got to see Tony Sanchez behind the plate for the first time, and as usual, I took some video of the event. The video playlist below includes: -2 Innings from Matt McSwain -3 Innings from Tom Boleska (well, I missed a bit of the 3rd inning he pitched) -2 Innings from Mike Colla -Part of an inning from Noah Krol -3 Tony Sanchez at-bats -A few...

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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Pirates Promote Five

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted five players following the final game of Indianapolis’ season today. Those players are Robinzon Diaz, Brian Bixler, Jeff Karstens, Donald Veal, and Eric Hacker. Diaz and Bixler had both been up at times this year, and both will return as utility players. An interesting note on Diaz: he has been playing as a utility player since going back down to AAA on July 10th. Diaz played games at first base,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/7/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 4-2 against Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5. -Argenis Diaz entered as a defensive replacement. Other Game Notes: Brian Bixler went 2 for 5. Robinzon Diaz went 2 for 2 playing in right field. Eric Hacker pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. All three were called up to the Pirates after...

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