Prospect Trends, Week Ending 6/26

All-Star games are mostly over, so it’s time to get back to the regular edition.  I’ll cover more than a week here, so some good (and bad) stretches don’t go unnoticed.  Also, the two short-season teams have opened play now. TRENDING UP Matt Hague, 1B (AAA): Hague has steadily hit well all year, but over the last couple weeks he’s really gone on a tear as he’s started to supply the power that’s been missing from his game.  Over his...

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GCL Pirates — June 25

This is a brief report from the GCL Pirates’ 5-4, 10-inning win over the GCL Braves at Walt Disney World, which is where the Braves hold spring training.  There wasn’t a great deal of action in the game, as the two starters–lefty Orlando Castro for the Bucs and righty Rafael Briceno for the Braves–dominated the first five and a half innings.  Neither allowed more than one or two well hit balls.  The Baby Bucs...

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Marauders and GCL Pirates — June 24

One advantage Bradenton has now is that there are two Pirates’ affiliates there.  The rookie level Gulf Coast League Pirates play at Pirate City, with games generally at noon, and the high A Florida State League Bradenton Marauders play mostly in the evening at McKechnie Field.  I made it to both games on Friday.  The GCL Bucs went up early but eventually lost, 6-4, to the Braves.  The Marauders also got an early lead but made...

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Prospect Trends — Mid-Season Edition, Part 2

Check out Part One of the Mid-Season Prospect Trends Here Part 2 covers the pitchers whose prospect status has taken a step forward or backward in the first half of the season.  Pitching was the area that held most of the farm system’s highest hopes, but the news so far hasn’t been especially good for quite a few of the top hopefuls, especially at the upper levels.  Fortunately, some of the top pitchers in the system are just getting...

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Prospect Trends — Mid-Season Edition, Part 1

With the minor league season roughly half over and some leagues holding All-Star games, this is a good time to look back at the first half and see which Pirate prospects managed to alter their status, for good or ill.  In Part 1 I’ll cover the position players; pitchers tomorrow. THE GOOD Josh Harrison, UT (MLB): Harrison will always face questions due to his small size, and his lack of power and weak defensive skills will keep...

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