Prospect Highlights: Josh Bell Extends Streak, Cole Tucker Double, Orlando Castro vs Colin Moran
Jun26

Prospect Highlights: Josh Bell Extends Streak, Cole Tucker Double, Orlando Castro vs Colin Moran

Josh Bell extended his hit streak to 12 games on Wednesday night when he collected this double in the sixth inning. Bell has a .332/.382/.516 slash line through 71 games with Bradenton and he was recently named to the Future’s Game. He is third in the FSL in hits, OPS and RBIs, second in slugging percentage and tied for fifth in doubles. On Wednesday afternoon, Pirates first round draft pick Cole Tucker collected his first...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Glasnow, Polanco, Hanson, Pitching, Castro
Jun26

First Pitch: Thoughts on Glasnow, Polanco, Hanson, Pitching, Castro

Last week when I looked at the schedule, I saw the opportunity to cover six games in three days. I didn’t have to cover six games. I could have taken a break from the minor league coverage for three days while the Pirates were in Tampa. But it sounded like fun, and almost a reminder of the first few years running this site, when I would go on a season ending tour at the end of the year, stopping in a different minor league city...

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Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez and Josh Bell Extend Their Hitting Streaks
Jun26

Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez and Josh Bell Extend Their Hitting Streaks

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. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Tyler Glasnow is Somehow Repeating His 2013 Success at a Higher Level
Jun25

Tyler Glasnow is Somehow Repeating His 2013 Success at a Higher Level

Over the weekend, I had an article on Baseball America about the developments Tyler Glasnow was working on this season, and pointing out how dominant he has been in his time in Bradenton. Glasnow started yesterday for the Marauders, and pitched another gem. He threw seven innings for the first time in his career, giving up one run on one hit, with two walks and six strikeouts. I didn’t go to the game expecting to write about...

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Pirates Still Discussing Extension With Gregory Polanco
Jun25

Pirates Still Discussing Extension With Gregory Polanco

Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (via MLBTR) reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are still discussing a long-term extension with outfielder Gregory Polanco. About a month ago, it was reported that the Pirates offered Polanco a $25 M guaranteed deal, which would have bought out control of three of his free agent years. The deal reportedly had a total value of between $50-60 M. Rojas quotes Polanco (in Spanish), who says that the two...

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The Mystery Surrounding Alen Hanson’s Time Off
Jun25

The Mystery Surrounding Alen Hanson’s Time Off

Alen Hanson has been out for the past five games due to an unknown reason. John Dreker reported that it wasn’t injury related. Today, Cory Giger reported that Hanson was out due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons. SS Alen Hanson must be buried deep in doghouse since he's missing 5th straight game for #AltoonaCurve cause of undisclosed discipline issue. — Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) June 25, 2014 This is not the first time...

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