Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week
Apr14

Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week

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. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Gregory Polanco Named the International League Batter of the Week
Apr14

Gregory Polanco Named the International League Batter of the Week

Gregory Polanco has been named the International League Batter of the Week for the week of April 7th – 13th. That’s not a big surprise, as Polanco had a hit in all seven games, going 14-for-28 with a double, two triples, and a home run. He also struck out just twice, and it seemed like he produced a highlight every single day.

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Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?
Apr14

Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Prospect Highlights: More Speed and Defense From Gregory Polanco
Apr14

Prospect Highlights: More Speed and Defense From Gregory Polanco

Yesterday I joked that this feature would soon have to be re-named “Polanco Highlights”. That’s close to becoming true. Part of the reason Polanco has dominated this highlight feature is because Indianapolis is the only club in the system that has TV and uploads media for each game. But you have to be productive to have a highlight, and Polanco has done just that. He’s got a ten game hitting streak, and...

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First Pitch: Meet the New Season, Same As the Old Season
Apr14

First Pitch: Meet the New Season, Same As the Old Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, dropping them to 6-6, and a .500 record for the first time since April 19th of last season. While looking that up, I noticed the Pirates also started off 6-6 last year. I couldn’t help but notice a lot of other trends that have been similar this year. Let’s take a look. Record 2014: 6-6 2013: 6-6 Run Differential 2014: 44 scored, 43 allowed 2013: 40...

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