Prospect Highlights: Homer From Alen Hanson, Ngoepe Continues to Hit
May02

Prospect Highlights: Homer From Alen Hanson, Ngoepe Continues to Hit

In game one of Altoona’s doubleheader yesterday, Alen Hanson led off the game with a home run, his first of the season. His bat is just starting to come around with a .282 average in his last nine games and he leads the Eastern League with four triples. Hanson homered eight times last year. Gift Ngoepe continues to hit well, lining an RBI single in game two of the doubleheader. He has a six game hitting streak and an .871 OPS on...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Should Call Up Andrew Lambo
May02

First Pitch: The Pirates Should Call Up Andrew Lambo

Today we wrapped up the first month of the 2014 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system by announcing the Player of the Month and the Pitcher of the Month. I originally planned to have First Pitch focus on early season promotion candidates at each level. However, after going through each level, I couldn’t find any “must promote” players in Altoona or West Virginia. That’s not to say that no one is...

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Prospect Watch: Joely and Wandy Rodriguez Struggle, Homers For Hanson and Lambo
May01

Prospect Watch: Joely and Wandy Rodriguez Struggle, Homers For Hanson and Lambo

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...

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Casey Sadler is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For April
May01

Casey Sadler is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For April

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. We also recap each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month.¬†Below are the average pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of April. The rankings include every pitcher who made at least four starts for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no...

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Gregory Polanco is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For April
May01

Gregory Polanco is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For April

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. We also recap each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month.¬†Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of April. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and...

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2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Sean Newcomb, Casey Gillaspie, Spencer Adams, Braxton Davidson
May01

2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Sean Newcomb, Casey Gillaspie, Spencer Adams, Braxton Davidson

Every Thursday from now until the amateur draft on June 5th, we will preview four players that could be options for the Pittsburgh Pirates with their first round pick. The Pirates select 24th overall, so we will concentrate on players in that range. It’s been a busy start to this week, with updated rankings from MLB.com, a couple new mock drafts, and on Tuesday we presented highlight videos of the four players listed below. The...

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