Prospect Highlights: Alex McRae, and a Few 2014 Draft Picks With Great Plate Patience
Jul25

Prospect Highlights: Alex McRae, and a Few 2014 Draft Picks With Great Plate Patience

We constantly have video highlights from Indianapolis, Altoona, Bradenton, and the Gulf Coast League, but it’s rare to get a look at the new guys in Jamestown. Today we’ve got some video from last night’s Jammers game, shot by Pirates Prospects contributor Will Cleveland. Check back later today for Will’s article on 2014 tenth round pick Alex McRae. Details on the guys in the video are below. Alex McRae –...

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Prospect Highlights: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona
Jul24

Prospect Highlights: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona

On Wednesday afternoon, the Altoona Curve won 8-5 over New Britain and they did it behind an early power surge. Leading off the second inning, Keon Broxton hit his tenth homer of the season. Gift Ngoepe came up next and belted his eighth homer of the year. The next batter was catcher Carlos Paulino and he hit his first home run for Altoona this year. All three homers are in one highlight below. Your browser does not support iframes....

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Prospect Highlights: Starter Doing Well in GCL Relief Role
Jul22

Prospect Highlights: Starter Doing Well in GCL Relief Role

Last year, pitcher Julio Vivas had a strong season in the Dominican Summer League and that got him a promotion to the United States this year. There is a lot to like about Vivas, his size at 6’2″, 227 pounds gives him the look of a workhorse starter. He has allowed just one homer during his four seasons in pro ball. That obviously comes with a strong ground ball rate, though this season he has been more of a fly ball...

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Prospect Highlights: Amazing Catch By Center Fielder Chase d’Arnaud
Jul21

Prospect Highlights: Amazing Catch By Center Fielder Chase d’Arnaud

The title might throw off some people that remember Chase d’Arnaud the middle infielder, but he has been playing center field for Indianapolis recently and he made this incredible catch yesterday. He is doing more than just playing great defense recently, he’s also contributing on offense, hitting .350 in 17 July games, with an .831 OPS. Your browser does not support iframes. A couple other highlights from the last couple...

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Prospect Highlights: A Pirates First Baseman With a Rare Talent
Jul20

Prospect Highlights: A Pirates First Baseman With a Rare Talent

The GCL Pirates have a first baseman in his fourth year of pro ball that displays a talent rarely seen in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ve pointed out a couple times during the year, that Altoona super-utility player Drew Maggi was the only hitter in the system, with significant at-bats, who had more walks than strikeouts. He recently slipped just under even, with 38 walks and 39 strikeouts right now. Down in the GCL...

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Prospect Highlights: Clips From Adrian Sampson’s Near No-Hitter
Jul19

Prospect Highlights: Clips From Adrian Sampson’s Near No-Hitter

Adrian Sampson came within two outs of throwing a complete game no-hitter on Friday night for Altoona. It’s not often a pitcher goes nine innings to begin with, and most minor league no-hitters involve multiple pitchers or a shortened game. All the details of the game can be found here, along with the history of recent Pirates no-hitters in the minors. Below are three clips from the ninth inning of Sampson’s gem. The first...

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