Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?
Apr14

Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?

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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Prospect Highlights: More Speed and Defense From Gregory Polanco
Apr14

Prospect Highlights: More Speed and Defense From Gregory Polanco

Yesterday I joked that this feature would soon have to be re-named “Polanco Highlights”. That’s close to becoming true. Part of the reason Polanco has dominated this highlight feature is because Indianapolis is the only club in the system that has TV and uploads media for each game. But you have to be productive to have a highlight, and Polanco has done just that. He’s got a ten game hitting streak, and...

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First Pitch: Meet the New Season, Same As the Old Season
Apr14

First Pitch: Meet the New Season, Same As the Old Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, dropping them to 6-6, and a .500 record for the first time since April 19th of last season. While looking that up, I noticed the Pirates also started off 6-6 last year. I couldn’t help but notice a lot of other trends that have been similar this year. Let’s take a look. Record 2014: 6-6 2013: 6-6 Run Differential 2014: 44 scored, 43 allowed 2013: 40...

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Week In Review: Gregory Polanco is On Fire; More Minor League Injuries
Apr14

Week In Review: Gregory Polanco is On Fire; More Minor League Injuries

The second week of the MLB season saw the Pittsburgh Pirates go 2-4, putting them at 6-6 overall at the end of the week. The loss to the Milwaukee Brewers today marks the first time the Pirates have been at .500 since April 19th of last season. They started last year 6-6 as well. The offense struggled this week, leading to a lot of calls for Gregory Polanco to come up. Meanwhile, in the minor leagues, the injuries continued. Here are...

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Update on Luis Heredia’s Shoulder
Apr13

Update on Luis Heredia’s Shoulder

Yesterday, Luis Heredia left his scheduled start after throwing one pitch, leaving with what was described as right shoulder discomfort. Today, Tom Bragg of the Charleston Daily Mail reports that Heredia’s shoulder isn’t major. W.Va. pitching coach re: Heredia – “There’s nothing major that we’re worried about. Something just got sore." #MiLB #Pirates — Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) April 13, 2014 Shoulder...

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Prospect Watch: Irwin and Rodriguez Have Bad Starts, Polanco Continues Streak
Apr13

Prospect Watch: Irwin and Rodriguez Have Bad Starts, Polanco Continues 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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