Prospect Highlights: Hits From Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz, Thoughts on Both Players
Jun27

Prospect Highlights: Hits From Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz, Thoughts on Both Players

Below are two hits from Altoona right fielder Willy Garcia and one from catcher Elias Diaz. Garcia is the flashier of the two players and younger, but Diaz just might be the better prospect of the two players. Garcia is a toolsy outfielder, with a cannon for an arm, good speed and he can hit for power. He has the one major flaw though, that is usually a deal-breaker when it comes to Major League success, a horrible BB/K rate. Last...

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First Pitch: Have the Pirates Already Added the Pitching They Need?
Jun27

First Pitch: Have the Pirates Already Added the Pitching They Need?

A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to be sitting on the fence between buyers and sellers. They were just below .500, just saw their top prospect promoted, and had several teams to jump in the Wild Card race. I wrote about how they needed pitching, and should pursue a pitcher that they can control beyond the 2014 season, as the need for pitching and the chances to contend in 2015 looked to be greater than their chances in...

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Prospect Watch: Luis Heredia Pitches Gem, Edwin Espinal Comes Up Big at the Plate
Jun26

Prospect Watch: Luis Heredia Pitches Gem, Edwin Espinal Comes Up Big at the Plate

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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Vance Worley Looks Like the Pirates Big Reclamation Project This Year
Jun26

Vance Worley Looks Like the Pirates Big Reclamation Project This Year

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle talked about how teams needed depth in the rotation, and needed to think about Plan B, Plan C, and beyond. That’s been true for the Pirates this year, as seen by the fact that they currently have three starting pitchers in the majors who were in Triple-A to start the season. One of those starters is Vance Worley. At the start of the year he looked like a guy you could...

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Altoona Curve to Pay Tribute to Evan Chambers on Sunday
Jun26

Altoona Curve to Pay Tribute to Evan Chambers on Sunday

Over the off-season, Evan Chambers, an outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, passed away at his home in Florida. Chambers had played as high as Double-A ball, spending time with the Bradenton Marauders and the Altoona Curve. Both organizations will be paying tribute to Chambers in the next few weeks. Altoona will be holding their tribute this Sunday night. The team will be wearing jerseys in the likeness of the 1992...

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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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