Prospect Trends — Short Season Progress Report

It’s hard for a prospect to have a trend when his pro career may be just a few weeks old, or when he’s only a few weeks removed from the Dominican Summer League.  Players at the short season level should be considered more potential than actual prospects because they’re so far away from being major league players.  It’s a particularly bad idea to start drawing many conclusions about recently drafted players;...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/22

The Pirates continue to get more good hitting and less good pitching than expected in their farm system. TRENDING UP Brock Holt, SS (AA):  Holt continues to hit, and continues to be marooned in Altoona.  In the past week he went 9-23 (.391), leaving him at 319/384/440 on the season. Robbie Grossman, OF (AA):  Grossman’s turnaround continues.  In the last week he went 12-28 (.429), leaving him at 265/376/408 on the season....

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/15

The past week was a little light on action, with Indianapolis and Altoona both missing time for their All-Star breaks.  The system continued to get some surprising offense, but a lot of the pitching continues to disappoint.  A couple of pitchers at State College, though, have been getting people out on a consistent basis lately. TRENDING UP Brandon Boggs, OF (AAA): Boggs has been blistering hot for a while now. In his last ten games...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/8

Maybe it’s the record warm . . . no, hot temperatures being set everywhere, but the Pirates continue to have a lot of hot hitters in the farm system, especially at the upper levels and at West Virginia. TRENDING UP Tony Sanchez, C (AAA):  In the past week Sanchez finally started to show some of the power the Pirates expected him to have.  He hit his first three HRs of the year in three consecutive games and is hitting...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/1

The Pirates have had several hot teams in the farm system recently, especially at the plate.  Coincidentally, both Indianapolis and Altoona have gotten red hot with the bats at the same time the Pirates’ lineup has started hitting.  The hitting combined with a strong rotation has made the Indians the dominant team in the International League.  The GCL Bucs have been hammering the ball early in their young season, too. TRENDING...

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