Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/22

It wasn’t the best of weeks in the farm system.  Several players who are repeating levels don’t seem to be making progress, nor do a couple of upper level position prospects.  On the other hand, two key prospects at Bradenton are turning up the heat, the Alen Hanson Show continues, and a little-known outfielder at West Virginia pushes for a regular job. Trending Up Brandon Boggs, OF (AAA):  The minor league veteran Boggs...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/15

Welcome to the first 2012 edition of Prospect Trends.  As with last year, the goal each week is to identify which Pirates prospects may be changing their status with their performances on the field.  We’ve got a week and a half worth of games for this installment.  Without a doubt, the most attention-grabbing development in the farm system has been the strong start of some of the very young hitters at West Virginia.  Josh Bell...

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Walks Again Plague West Virginia in Loss

In the first three games of their season-opening series against Hagerstown, West Virginia pitchers walked 20 in 25 innings.  The same problem struck again, as Power pitchers walked six more over eight innings, with the walks playing a key role in most of the opponent’s scoring.  The wildness squandered a big day from Kirk Singer, who was seeing his first action of the year.  Singer had two doubles and four RBIs in four trips to...

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Allie Records Just One Out But the Power Win

Stetson Allie lasted just six batters in his West Virginia debut, retiring only one, but the Power prevailed over the Hagerstown Suns, 5-3.  Strong relief from Mike Jefferson, Jordan Cooper and Emmanuel de Leon, who combined to allow just one run over 8.2 innings, keyed the win. CONTROL PROBLEMS ABOUND After showing much-improved command during spring training, Allie suffered a flashback to his problems in 2011.  He walked the first...

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Hanson Leads Big Offensive Night For West Virginia

West Virginia dropped a seesaw affair in their opener, 11-9.  The Power fell behind, 6-1, in the second inning, as Nick Kingham recorded only five outs.  They came back to take a 9-6 lead, but allowed five more runs, with Rinku Singh giving up the last two to take the loss. Kingham’s main problem was uncharacteristic wildness.  He wasn’t missing by a lot, but he opened the game with seven straight balls and fell behind...

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