Top 10 Hitters: A Sleeper Catching Prospect in the Lower Levels
Aug05

Top 10 Hitters: A Sleeper Catching Prospect in the Lower Levels

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Options to Replace Andrew McCutchen
Aug05

First Pitch: Looking at the Options to Replace Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen will most likely go on the disabled list with an oblique injury, which is a huge blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s not impossible for them to contend from here, but it’s going to be very difficult, especially without their MVP. There’s no one player who can replace the lost production from McCutchen, but the Pirates would still have a chance of contending if they get just good production from...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Continues Rough Stretch in Triple-A
Aug04

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Continues Rough Stretch in Triple-A

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Andrew McCutchen Expected to Go on the 15-Day DL
Aug04

Andrew McCutchen Expected to Go on the 15-Day DL

Andrew McCutchen is expected to go on the 15-day disabled list, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cook says that McCutchen could be out for three weeks or a month, and says he might have a serious oblique injury, which he suffered on Sunday. The injury is a big blow to the Pirates, who are in the thick of a playoff race. They’re currently 1.5 games back and in third place in the NL Central, and half a game...

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First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates
Aug04

First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates

When Pedro Alvarez was taken in the first round in the 2008 draft, there were two beliefs about his future. First was that he could be the big power bat that would anchor the middle of the Pirates’ lineup for years to come. Second was that he might eventually have to move to first base, due to his size. Six years later, only one of those things is true, and unfortunately for the Pirates, it’s not the good one. Alvarez has...

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