Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect
Aug29

Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect

As 2014 is coming to a close, one prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system is progressing as well as any player within the organization. Right fielder Willy Garcia, just 21 years old and playing in his first full season for the Double-A Altoona Curve, has taken major strides this season defensively, as well as in the batter’s box. Willy Garcia is known for his power potential, demonstrated by his 50 extra base hits,...

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Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System
Aug27

Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System

The 2014 season has been a nice breakout campaign for Elias Diaz, which sees him finishing up at Triple-A and emerging as one of the best catching prospects in the system. One of the main reason Diaz has reached this level is that he has seen tremendous progress at the plate over the last two seasons. In 326 at bats with Altoona this season, Diaz hit .328 with an .823 OPS. This included 20 doubles and six home runs. As for the...

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Josh Bell Discusses His Move to First Base and His Knee Injury
Aug27

Josh Bell Discusses His Move to First Base and His Knee Injury

Yesterday it was announced that Josh Bell will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he will play exclusively at first base. While in Altoona, Bell had been taking reps before the games with infield coordinator Gary Green, until a bone bruise in his left knee caused him to sit out the last couple of weeks of the season. Bell said that his knee felt good, and that he was only a few days away before he can begin to ramp up his...

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Josh Bell Moving to First Base in the Arizona Fall League
Aug26

Josh Bell Moving to First Base in the Arizona Fall League

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell will be moving to first base during the Arizona Fall League this off-season, according to Rob Biertempfel and Tom Singer. Bell was one of several top prospects named to the team earlier today. The move is somewhat expected, since Bell doesn’t really have a future in a Pirates’ outfield that includes Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. Bell moved up to...

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The Surprising Season A.J. Morris Has Had on the Mound
Aug23

The Surprising Season A.J. Morris Has Had on the Mound

After coming to Indianapolis on June 7 with a 1.64 ERA in Altoona, A.J. Morris has hit the ground running. Morris had three very strong starts, including a six-hit shutout on June 12. He went down with a right forearm strain, missing two months, and returned this week to struggle in his first game back for Indianapolis. He’ll have a few weeks to show that he can get back to where he was before the injury. Prior to going on the...

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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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