Polanco and Hanson Selected as 2012 SAL All-Stars

The South Atlantic League has announced the selection of the 2012 Annual All-Star Team. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were chosen from the West Virginia Power for the end of the year honors. Polanco was chosen as the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect, and as an All-Star outfielder. The center fielder hit for a .325/.389/.514 line in 422 at-bats so far this year. He’s among the league leaders in batting average (.325),...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Kelly

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball...

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Pirates Weighing Options on Bedard’s Spot in Rotation

With Erik Bedard out of the rotation, the Pirates have several days to figure out how they plan on moving forward. The club has an off day on Thursday before opening up a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday. Bedard’s spot in the rotation doesn’t come up until Saturday,  which is also September 1st when the Pirates can expand the rosters. “We’re still working through that as we line up our rotation through this...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Jake Westbrook

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball...

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Pittsburgh Pirates September Callups Preview

As September 1st approaches, the Pirates organization is currently in a position unlike they have seen in the past. The club sits eight games over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second Wild Card Spot. When looking at which players to bring up to join the club in Pittsburgh, instead of just bringing up prospects to take a look at them, they could still possibly be in midst of a pennant race. “The past decisions on...

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Alex Dickerson Named FSL Player of the Year

Bradenton Marauders’ first baseman Alex Dickerson was named the Florida State League Player of the Year today. The 2011 third round pick is currently hitting for a .299/.359/.454 line in 471 at-bats, with 12 homers. He ranks second in the league in RBIs, eighth in batting average, second in hits, third and doubles, and second in stolen bases. “I’m honestly a little surprised, but it’s a huge honor,” Dickerson said about the...

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