First Pitch: How Good Would Gregory Polanco Have to Be to Justify Super Two Status?
Apr13

First Pitch: How Good Would Gregory Polanco Have to Be to Justify Super Two Status?

Gregory Polanco keeps hitting. The top prospect went 4-for-4 tonight with his second home run of the year in just 38 at-bats. On the season he is hitting for a .500 average. It’s only 38 at-bats, so it still falls in the small sample size window, but it’s still impressive. We aren’t yet to the point in the season where a team can call up a prospect while gaining an extra year of control from that player. Teams would...

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The Adjustments Andrew Lambo is Making After His Slow Start
Apr12

The Adjustments Andrew Lambo is Making After His Slow Start

Tough beginnings After a rough spring training that caused him to lose the first base battle handily to Travis Ishikawa, and an 0-for-8 start to the Triple-A season at the plate, Andrew Lambo set off some warning alarms within the organization. However, Lambo has rebounded well from the slump, by going 8-for-16 in his five previous games through Friday. As for the cold onset to the campaign, Lambo blamed some of it on the success that...

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First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco
Apr12

First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco

The Super Two subject is never popular with top prospects. It’s a smart practice to keep a player down for just two months, all to avoid an extra year of arbitration. If the player projects to be a star, then that extra two months could be worth $10-15 M over the long run. Nothing that a top prospect could do in his rookie season would be worth $10-15 M in the long run for two months in the short-term. Putting that in...

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Prospect Watch: Two More Hits For Polanco, Kingham With Another Good Start
Apr11

Prospect Watch: Two More Hits For Polanco, Kingham With Another Good Start

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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Andrew McCutchen Leaves Game With Discomfort in His Left Ankle
Apr11

Andrew McCutchen Leaves Game With Discomfort in His Left Ankle

Andrew McCutchen left tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates game in the eighth inning due to left ankle discomfort, the team announced. McCutchen ended the top of the eighth inning by lining out to third base, then walked off the field and was replaced defensively in the bottom of the eighth inning. No word yet on the situation. We’ll update if more information becomes available.

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Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco
Apr11

Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco

MLBTR released the projected Super Two cutoff following the 2014 season. Super Two status is awarded to players with more than two, but less than three years of service time. Only the players with the top 22% of service time in that group are Super Two eligible. Any player who is Super Two eligible gets their third league minimum year replaced with an extra year of arbitration. This gives a Super Two player two years of league minimum...

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