Prospect Highlights: Clutch Hitting From Alen Hanson, Jaff Decker on Recent Hot Streak
May10

Prospect Highlights: Clutch Hitting From Alen Hanson, Jaff Decker on Recent Hot Streak

In the seventh inning of the Altoona Curve game last night, they trailed 7-1, but had a chance to get back in the game with Alen Hanson up and the bases loaded. The video below is Hanson slapping a single by the second baseman into right field to make the score 7-2. Earlier in the game, he drove in the Curve’s first run with a sacrifice fly and he also had a double last night, so while Altoona lost 8-4, Hanson still had a pretty...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Turning Things Around?
May10

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Turning Things Around?

A week ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-5 against the Toronto Blue Jays in dramatic comeback fashion. I asked at the time if that was the spark they needed to turn things around. It was too early to tell that at the time, and one week later it is probably still too early to call that win a turning point. But quietly, the Pirates have put together a nice run, going 5-2 in the last week. That would have been 6-1 had it not been for a...

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Prospect Watch: Sadler Has Rough Return to Indianapolis; Mathisen Stays Hot
May09

Prospect Watch: Sadler Has Rough Return to Indianapolis; Mathisen Stays Hot

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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Pirates Add Brent Morel to the Active Roster
May09

Pirates Add Brent Morel to the Active Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added infielder Brent Morel to the active roster, replacing Phil Irwin, who was optioned yesterday. The move to add Morel is a surprise, since he’s done nothing in Triple-A to deserve a promotion. He currently has a .215/.279/.312 line in 93 at-bats with Indianapolis. He also hasn’t been hot in his last ten games, with a .333 OPS in 37 at-bats. It’s not like this could be chalked up to a...

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Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?
May09

Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Clint Hurdle doesn’t like to use the phrase “reclamation project” when discussing players whose careers the Pirates have turned around in the past few years. He sees the men in his clubhouse as humans first, and players after that. So, for him, to call a player a “reclamation project” as if he was a piece of furniture salvaged from a trash dump to be renovated and added to a living room just doesn’t make sense....

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Strikes Again, Mel Rojas Jr. With Walk-Off Hit
May09

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Strikes Again, Mel Rojas Jr. With Walk-Off Hit

While Indianapolis was on the road in Pawtucket, the highlights posted online were far and few between. Since they left, we have seen some nice videos on Gregory Polanco. On Wednesday, he got the Indians on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning. He just missed a homer, ending up with his ninth double of the season and his league leading 28th RBI. We featured a double the other day from Polanco and the two videos show...

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