Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?
May14

Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be faced with an interesting decision this off-season. Their starting catcher, Russell Martin, will be eligible for free agency. Their top catching prospect, Tony Sanchez, is at a point where the organization needs to decide whether his future is as a starter, or a backup. The decision? Bring Martin back at a much bigger cost than what they’re paying him now, or give Sanchez his shot at being a...

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Prospect Highlights: More Extra Base Hits From Gregory Polanco
May14

Prospect Highlights: More Extra Base Hits From Gregory Polanco

On Tuesday night, the only thing that could stop Gregory Polanco was the weather. He went 4-for-4 with a double and triple in a game that was called after six innings. Before the rain came, Polanco hit a ball into the right/center gap and when the ball got away from the center fielder, he turned on the plus speed and made it safely into third base. If that wasn’t enough Polanco for you today, how about his double from the first...

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First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?
May14

First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had more than their fair share of breakout prospects. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson stepped up in West Virginia in 2012. Tyler Glasnow emerged in 2013 at the same level. Guys like Nick Kingham, Stetson Allie, and Joely Rodriguez also improved their stock. The one thing about Polanco, Hanson, and Glasnow is that they were not only breakout prospects on a local level, but they were...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night
May14

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night

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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More Details on Gregory Polanco’s Extension Offer
May13

More Details on Gregory Polanco’s Extension Offer

Ken Rosenthal has a few more details on Gregory Polanco’s extension offer from the Pirates. Rosenthal says that Polanco’s deal would have guaranteed $20-25 M, and adds the detail that the length and value of the contract would have hinged on whether he was Super 2 eligible. As I’ve written a lot the last few weeks, and as I pointed out when evaluating Polanco’s extension, teams usually add a Super 2 clause to a...

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Scout: Gregory Polanco has a chance to be a star
May13

Scout: Gregory Polanco has a chance to be a star

With the media and fan attention that has been thrown at Gregory Polanco, almost everything has been said about the super prospect. With this kind of attention comes Major League pressure. The pressure and the attention allow some people to forget that Polanco is only 22. In fact, he has had only five at bats this season against pitchers who are younger than him. The numbers don’t lie for Polanco, with an OPS of 1.015 through 36 games...

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