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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Prospect Highlights: Throw From Garcia, Homer From Broxton, Cumpton Finishes Off Gem
Jul18

Prospect Highlights: Throw From Garcia, Homer From Broxton, Cumpton Finishes Off Gem

We haven’t had highlights recently from Indianapolis and Altoona with the teams on their All-Star break, so today we take a look at some highlights from Thursday night. Yesterday we focused on pitcher Yunior Montero, who has a unique story for a player in the Pirates system, and on Tuesday we took a look at four plate appearances from five-tool outfielder Tito Polo. The first highlight is a throw from Willy Garcia to cut down a...

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Prospect Highlights: First Look at a GCL Pirates Pitcher With a Tale of Perseverance
Jul17

Prospect Highlights: First Look at a GCL Pirates Pitcher With a Tale of Perseverance

Yesterday, we shared some great video of 19-year-old five-tool outfielder Tito Polo from Tuesday’s GCL Pirates game. Check it out if you haven’t seen it, the link includes four of his plate appearances from the game. ¬†You don’t often see video from down in the GCL, but we are lucky enough to get our own video once in awhile, as well as some help from the GCL Pirates fan page. So you’re getting a chance to see...

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