Prospect Trends, Zombie Edition — Week Ending May 15

This week’s edition is sponsored by George Romero.  (Well, not really . . . .)  Halfway into May, the Pirates have had a handful of prospects come back from the dead, so to speak, after miserable starts to their seasons or from other adversity.  In some cases it’s been prospects who were new to their current level and also a good age for that level.  Hopefully, many of these players just needed some time to get acclimated...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/8

Jameson Taillon started showing why he’s gotten the hype, but otherwise it wasn’t a great week for the Pirates’ farm system.  Few of the more significant pitching prospects are pitching well and not many hitters are doing much, either. TRENDING UP Alex Presley, OF (AAA): International League pitchers had their hands full with Presley, who went 13-for-24 (.542) on the week, with a double, triple and HR.  On the year,...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/1

It was a tough week, as a couple of the system’s hottest hitters–Josh Harrison and Ramon Cabrera–missed time with injuries and few of the team’s top pitching prospects had good outings.  Still, Bradenton always seems to be good for some hot hitting performances.  I think I’ll give Matt Curry a rest, as hot hitting seems like it’ll be the norm for him until he moves up. TRENDING UP Jeremy Farrell, 3B...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/24

This was a somewhat short week for some of the Pirates’ affiliates, due to the usual April rainouts.  Altoona got some strong starting pitching, but the other affiliates mostly didn’t.  Some hot hitters stayed hot, but not a lot of others got hot. TRENDING UP Justin Wilson, LHP (AAA): Wilson pitched only one time during the week, but he had an outstanding outing.  He threw six shutout innings, allowing only two hits and...

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Prospect Trends — Week (and a half) Ending 4/17

This will be a weekly feature that takes a look at which prospects in the Pirates’ system are trending up and which are trending down.  The idea isn’t exactly to do a “who’s hot, who’s not” feature, because the focus will be on prospects, not minor league veterans, and on whose status is being affected the most, which won’t necessarily be the ones whose performance was the best (or worst). This first installment features fast starts...

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