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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First Pitch: Where Should the Pirates Play Josh Harrison When Polanco Arrives?
May25

First Pitch: Where Should the Pirates Play Josh Harrison When Polanco Arrives?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive. More specifically, they’re waiting for the Super Two deadline to pass, so that they can call up Polanco and avoid a hefty increase in his salary during his 0-6 years. One of the big issues with this has been the struggles from right fielders Travis Snider and Jose Tabata. The combined struggles of those two players, plus the fact that Polanco wouldn’t be up...

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Prospect Watch: Homer From Alen Hanson, Reese McGuire Keeps Hitting
May24

Prospect Watch: Homer From Alen Hanson, Reese McGuire Keeps Hitting

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote 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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Prospect Highlights: Homers From Gregory Polanco and Mel Rojas Jr.
May24

Prospect Highlights: Homers From Gregory Polanco and Mel Rojas Jr.

Gregory Polanco had only one hit last night during a 15 run outburst by Indianapolis, but that hit was a big one. With his team down 6-3 in the fourth inning, he came up with two outs and two men on and delivered this three-run homer that got out of the ballpark in a hurry. It’s a dangerous spot for a pitcher, facing Polanco with runners in scoring position. In 54 at-bats, he has a .481/.533/.778 slash line, with 36 RBIs. For...

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First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade
May24

First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. Coincidentally, one day later, Rudy Owens made his Major League debut for the Houston Astros. Owens didn’t fare well, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work. But the end of Rodriguez’s tenure in Pittsburgh, and the debut of Owens give us a good chance to revisit the July 2012 trade. The Pirates sent Owens, Robbie Grossman, and...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Hits Sixth Homer; Reese McGuire Continues Streak
May23

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Hits Sixth Homer; Reese McGuire Continues Streak

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote 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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