Prospect Trends — By Position

The Pirates entered this year with a farm system skewed very strongly toward pitching.  It’s surprising, then, that many of the players who’ve taken the biggest steps forward so far this season–with a month left to go–have been position players.  For the most part, they haven’t had anybody suddenly establish himself as a premier prospect, but the system has more depth in hitters than it did a few months...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/24

A couple pitchers took steps toward coming out of season-long struggles, and quite a few of the hitters at Bradenton broke out the whuppin’ sticks.  Of course, it all paled in importance to Pedro Alvarez lighting up International League pitching. TRENDING UP Gorkys Hernandez, CF (AAA):  After slumping a bit, Hernandez turned in a blistering week, going 13-for-25 (.520) with two doubles and a triple.  Hernandez hasn’t had...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/17

It’s been pretty disjointed recently in the farm system.  Some leagues had All-Star breaks this week, while injuries and promotions, as they always do around this time, have started piling up, resulting in a lot of makeshift lineups and pitching rotations.  And rehabbing major leaguers dot the lineups. One thing’s a constant, though . . . State College continues to have problems in certain areas of the game.  Fortunately,...

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Prospect Trends — Early Short Season Returns

It’s always hard to get a handle on players in short season ball. The two leagues in which the Pirates have short season affiliates are both intended as introductory leagues, the New York-Penn League for college draftees and the Gulf Coast League for high school draftees and players coming to the US from the two Caribbean summer leagues. It’s unpredictable which players will make the transition quickly and which won’t, as many are...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/3

A couple of AAA hitters may be wondering when they get to join the parade of Indianapolis players going to Pittsburgh, a couple of sluggers start to overcome slumps, and a couple of low A right-handers struggle. TRENDING UP Matt Hague, 1B (AAA): Continuing his torrid pace, Hague went 13-for-27 (.481), with five doubles, four walks and just two strikeouts. Until going hitless Sunday, he had a stretch of seven multi-hit games. He also...

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