Prospect Trends — Turning Around Flagging Careers

The Pirates have several minor leaguers working to revive stalled careers.  Surprisingly, the organization now has better depth in hitters than pitchers at the upper levels.  Or maybe I should say “healthy pitchers.” The Good Chase d’Arnaud, SS (AAA):  It’s a step forward for d’Arnaud just to be back on the field, but he’s hit well since returning.  That’s good to see, because hitters often...

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Prospect Trends: Hanson’s Getting It in Gear While Pimentel’s Going the Other Way

The farm system as a whole has been in something of a slump for a week or so, but a couple of former prospects are showing some power at the upper levels and one of the team’s top prospects is overcoming a bad start.  Meanwhile, the bullpen depth has taken a hit lately. The Good Matt Hague, 1B (AAA):  He’s past the prospect stage, but Hague could still rate consideration for a callup if the Pirates suffered a couple of...

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Prospect Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

It’s received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles.  Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who could be useful in the majors under the right circumstances, usually injuries.  Indianapolis is no different this year.  Although minor league W/L records...

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Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates’ full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling despite a good rotation led by Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler and a red-hot Stolmy Pimentel.  The Curve is being undone by an extremely weak...

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Prospect Trends: Some Fast Starts for West Virginia Hitters

The season’s first two weeks have produced some noteworthy performances in the Pirates’ farm system, both good and bad. It’s way too early to start drawing any conclusions from these performances, but it’s not too early to scope out some players who’ll be interesting to follow closely, either with enthusiasm or concern. The biggest extremes have come at West Virginia and Bradenton, as a number of the Power’s hitters have gotten off to...

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