Top 10 Pitchers: Cumpton Dominates in Final Triple-A Start; Sampson Breaking Out?
May26

Top 10 Pitchers: Cumpton Dominates in Final Triple-A Start; Sampson Breaking Out?

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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Week In Review: Wandy Gone, Grilli Back, Prospect Reports, Mock Drafts
May26

Week In Review: Wandy Gone, Grilli Back, Prospect Reports, Mock Drafts

The big news this week was the departure of Wandy Rodriguez, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates. Rodriguez will be replaced in the rotation by Brandon Cumpton, who has an opportunity to claim his spot for good. Ryan Palencer wrote about why the choice of Cumpton from Triple-A was the obvious one to make for the Pirates. I revisited the Rodriguez trade, which sent Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain to Houston in...

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Crushes Two Home Runs
May25

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Crushes Two Home Runs

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 below him...

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Brandon Cumpton Moves into the Pirates Rotation, Maybe For Good
May25

Brandon Cumpton Moves into the Pirates Rotation, Maybe For Good

Neal Huntington said today that Brandon Cumpton will start for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, replacing Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation. Previously Huntington said that Jeff Locke could be a candidate for the spot, although Locke seemingly was out of the mix after throwing six innings on Thursday. “It just happened to align right now where Brandon is in turn to take Wandy’s spot,” Huntington said. “Jeff would’ve...

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Prospect Report: Nick Kingham’s Drop in Velocity and Increase in Walks
May25

Prospect Report: Nick Kingham’s Drop in Velocity and Increase in Walks

Despite finally picking up some of the recognition he deserves, Nick Kingham isn’t letting anything outside of the field affect his game. “I don’t put any pressure on myself,” Kingham said. “I feel like the game puts enough pressure on you just to go out and do whatever you know how to do, and know your role. Just be yourself out there.” The 22-year-old prospect started to creep into the national media’s eyesight over the...

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Prospect Highlights: The Alen Hanson Show
May25

Prospect Highlights: The Alen Hanson Show

In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Erie, Alen Hanson hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the score. That wasn’t his biggest hit of the day though… In game one of the doubleheader, Hanson hit a two-run double that accounted for all the runs scored in the game. That gave Altoona the win in the first game, which allowed them to gain a split on the day. For the month of May, Hanson now has...

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