Prospect Trends: Some Lower Level Players Start Off Well
Jun28

Prospect Trends: Some Lower Level Players Start Off Well

It’s getting a little late in the year for breakout performances in the full season leagues, and the guys who are going to get off-track have probably mostly done it by now. Still, there are a couple of power hitters who are stepping up their games at the upper levels, and a few players at the short-season levels are off to good enough starts to make them worth some attention. The Good Andrew Lambo, 1B/OF (AAA): I put Lambo on this...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Drop Yankees, Down Angels

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 11, Angels 4 Starting Pitcher: Jandy Vasquez, RHP (7.13) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (.333) – 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI Other Notable...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Beat Tigers, Win In 13 Innings Over Marlins
Jun27

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Beat Tigers, Win In 13 Innings Over Marlins

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 3, Marlins 2 in 13 innings Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (2.19) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Tito Polo, LF (.329) – 2-for-5, BB Other Notable...

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Herrera, Polanco named to Futures Game Roster
Jun26

Herrera, Polanco named to Futures Game Roster

The rosters for the 2013 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game were announced Wednesday afternoon and two players from the Pittsburgh minor league system made the cut. West Virginia infielder Dilson Herrera and Altoona outfielder Gregory Polanco will each take part in the game, played this season on July 10 at Citi Field in New York as part of the All-Star Game festivities, as members of the World team. Polanco, a native of the Dominican...

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Taillon, Sadler, and Cunningham Are Eastern League All-Stars
Jun26

Taillon, Sadler, and Cunningham Are Eastern League All-Stars

The Altoona Curve will be sending three players to the Eastern League All-Star game, with Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler, and Jarek Cunningham all being named to the team today. Taillon has been an All-Star each year of his pro career. He was selected to the team in West Virginia in 2011, and again in Bradenton in 2012. The right-hander has a 2.93 ERA in 76.2 innings this year, along with an 80:31 K/BB ratio. This is the first time...

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Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?
Jun26

Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?

For years the Pirates have gone with a strategy of drafting projectable prep pitchers in the middle rounds, giving them above-slot bonuses, and hoping they develop into a great pitcher one day. There are plenty of examples of this happening. Go through the history of top college pitchers and you’ll find tons of guys who were either drafted low out of high school, or weren’t even drafted at all. Perhaps the biggest example...

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