Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Two Key Hits By Mel Rojas Jr.
May20

Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Two Key Hits By Mel Rojas Jr.

This one was a late addition from Sunday night’s Altoona game, so we didn’t have it in yesterday’s Prospect Highlights. Alen Hanson, batting from the left side, goes the opposite way for a double in the seventh inning. Hanson reached base twice on Monday, giving him a .319/.354/.583 slash line in 18 May games. On Monday, Mel Rojas Jr. had three hits and drove in three runs. The video below shows two of those hits and...

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First Pitch: Super Two Unfair For Gregory Polanco; MLB Unfair For the Pirates
May20

First Pitch: Super Two Unfair For Gregory Polanco; MLB Unfair For the Pirates

I’m not sure if I can recall a player who has been anticipated as much as Gregory Polanco, at least for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I also don’t know if I can recall a Super Two debate as big as the one currently taking place with Polanco. Then again, I didn’t cover guys like Wil Myers (June 18th debut), Mike Trout (July 8th debut), Stephen Strasburg (June 8th debut), or other impact prospects over the last few years who...

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Prospect Watch: Home Run From Josh Bell, Reese McGuire Extends Hit Streak
May19

Prospect Watch: Home Run From Josh Bell, Reese McGuire Extends Hit Streak

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ¬†Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Top 10 Hitters: Big Week For the Top Prospects, Led By Gregory Polanco, Of Course
May19

Top 10 Hitters: Big Week For the Top Prospects, Led By Gregory Polanco, Of Course

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Top 10 Pitchers: Edinson Volquez Has Several Indianapolis Starters Gunning For His Spot
May19

Top 10 Pitchers: Edinson Volquez Has Several Indianapolis Starters Gunning For His Spot

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Gregory Polanco Named International League Player of the Week
May19

Gregory Polanco Named International League Player of the Week

Gregory Polanco has won his second International League Player of the Week award and it’s tough to imagine there was much competition for this one. In six games, he hit .591 with six extra-base hits, drove in nine runs and drew four walks, plus stole two bases. He won his first Player of the Week award during the first full week of the season. On the year, Polanco is hitting .389/.453/.623 and leads the International League in...

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