Pirates Prospects 2013 Minor League Player of the Year
Sep09

Pirates Prospects 2013 Minor League Player of the Year

In previous years there has been a debate over the top performing hitting prospect in the system. In 2011 it was Starling Marte vs Robbie Grossman. In 2012 it was Gregory Polanco vs Alen Hanson. This year there was no debate. Andrew Lambo was clearly the top performer this year among hitting prospects in the Pirates system, and is the Pirates Prospects Minor League Player of the Year. Lambo combined for a .282/.347/.574 line in 444...

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Command of his own Kingham
Sep09

Command of his own Kingham

When Neal Huntington was named Pittsburgh Pirates general manager on September 25, 2007, he set out a plan to “flood the system with talent at all levels.” That plan included drafting high school pitchers that had strong commitments to some of the best college baseball programs in the country, costing more money. Big pitchers, big arms. High school pitchers are seen as boom or bust. They are projectable with unlimited potential,...

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First Pitch: Here is Why the Pirates Have Been Contending All Year
Sep09

First Pitch: Here is Why the Pirates Have Been Contending All Year

Today the Pirates lost 9-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals, getting swept in the weekend series, and falling out of first place by 1.5 games. In the process they also did something that has only happened four times this season: lost four in a row. The Pirates have yet to lose more than four in a row this season, which is a streak that will be put to the test tomorrow against the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish. They have previously lost four...

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2012 and 2013 are Mirror Images For Alex Dickerson
Sep07

2012 and 2013 are Mirror Images For Alex Dickerson

Alex Dickerson could be the perfect example of the old saying that “baseball is a game of adjustments.” The Indiana University product has proven in his first two full years in the minor leagues that it is not how you start, but rather how you finish. If you give Dickerson time to get comfortable in the league and learn how the pitchers are attacking him, he has proven time and again he can make the necessary adjustments and stay...

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Austin Meadows is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For August
Sep06

Austin Meadows is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For August

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping 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 August and the first few days of September. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a...

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Pitching Inside: The Pirates Way
Sep05

Pitching Inside: The Pirates Way

A couple years back, I took a look at the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitchers and their tendencies of pitching inside, specifically all the hit batters. From the lowest level of the minors to the top, they teach their pitchers to own the inside of the plate and if you happen to hit some batters in the process, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s part of the learning process. The Pirates want their pitchers to be...

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