Prospect Trends — First Half Review, Part Two

Time to look at the first-half surprises and disappointments at Indianapolis and Altoona. INDIANAPOLIS Surprises Jordy Mercer, IF:  After a slow start, Mercer adapted to AAA and put up a very good (for a middle infielder) line of 303/379/417, with a solid 2:1 K:BB ratio.  That earned him a callup to Pittsburgh.  Unfortunately, a few days after his promotion he was abducted by aliens.  His whereabouts remained unknown until he...

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Prospect Trends — First Half Review, Part One

The minor league season is roughly at the halfway point, so it’s a good time to look back at the first half to see which players surprised and which disappointed. There are going to be more of the latter than the former. To some extent, this is normal. Prospects are a game of attrition; a team starts off with a bunch of guys whom it believes have potential and they gradually fall by the wayside until–hopefully–just a...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/10

Except for a rough series this week against Pawtucket, Indianapolis has mostly been playing well for a while now and has had some players on good stretches.  Things have been more problematic for the other affiliates.  Altoona has been missing a good portion of its lineup (Tony Sanchez was promoted; Matt Curry, Adalberto Santos and Andrew Lambo are hurt; and Robbie Grossman has been out on a lengthy suspension for undisclosed...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/3

After some down weeks, the system started getting some improved performances in some key areas recently.  One of the most important led to Tony Sanchez getting promoted to AAA.  He’ll join a team that’s been playing well and showing signs of being able to provide some help to the Pirates soon. TRENDING UP Jeff Clement, 1B (AAA):  After hitting for little power through mid-May, Clement has been on a tear lately.  He hit for...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/27

So far, it hasn’t been the best of all possible seasons for the farm system.  Few of the team’s hitting prospects are having good seasons and one of the ones who is can’t seem to get any recognition for it.  On the pitching front, if you’re not in AAA and not named Jameson or Gerrit, you’re probably not pitching well at all.  Still, there are a few guys showing encouraging signs lately. TRENDING UP Jose...

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