Prospect Watch: Late Round Draft Pick Putting Up Strong Numbers in Jamestown
Aug21

Prospect Watch: Late Round Draft Pick Putting Up Strong Numbers in Jamestown

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. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?
Aug21

What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?

After posting a 2.55 ERA in 24 starts with Altoona this season, Adrian Sampson earned a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis to get in some work and experience before the season ends. While the first start did not go as planned for Sampson, as he allowed 10 hits and 6 runs in 3.2 innings, his second start looked much better. On Wednesday, Sampson went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out three. With this...

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Gage Hinsz Makes First Start as a Pro
Aug21

Gage Hinsz Makes First Start as a Pro

On Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League, Gage Hinsz made his first start as a pro. The 11th round draft pick from this year, had made one relief appearance last Wednesday, which was his pro debut. In that brief outing, he threw 1.2 innings, giving up two runs(one earned) on two hits, with one walk and one strikeout. We talk about pitchers being projectable all the time here because the Pittsburgh Pirates take chances on a lot of high...

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Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does
Aug21

Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does

It takes a special blend of power and speed to do what Alen Hanson has done this year at the plate and on the bases. He has reached double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases. The last Pirates players to accomplish that in the minors were Starling Marte and Hanson in 2012. Before that, Alex Presley did it during his breakout season in 2010 and then you have to go back to 2005 and Craig Stansberry for another example....

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Move Pitchers Through the Minors Faster?
Aug21

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Move Pitchers Through the Minors Faster?

I had an interesting question in the comments the other day from jalcorn427. I started to respond, then thought about the topic some more, and decided to expand on it with an article. The comment can be seen in its original form here, and the text of the comment is blow, with my thoughts to follow. Tim, could you comment on the value of slow tracking elite SP prospects? In another organization (Toronto, Miami, etc) [Glasnow] would...

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Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson With Much Better Stuff in His Second Triple-A Start
Aug21

Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson With Much Better Stuff in His Second Triple-A 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. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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