Prospect Highlights: Mel Rojas Jr Has a Big Night, More From Cole Tucker
Jul04

Prospect Highlights: Mel Rojas Jr Has a Big Night, More From Cole Tucker

Mel Rojas Jr started last night’s game on the bench, so he probably didn’t expect to collect three hits and drive in five runs, but that’s just what he did. Rojas has played well since joining Indianapolis, keeping up the fine season he started in Altoona. He has a .307/.385/.444 slash line in 84 games this year, with slightly higher numbers in AAA. ┬áThis looks like it’s the breakout season most people have...

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Prospect Highlights: Cole Tucker Hitting and Fielding
Jul02

Prospect Highlights: Cole Tucker Hitting and Fielding

Two short videos today courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page, one showing a hit from first round pick Cole Tucker and the other shows him making a play at shortstop. Tucker had a string of getting on base exactly two times in each of his first six games. He broke that string yesterday by reaching base three times. He is hitting .360/.484/.400 through 25 at-bats. The second highlight is Tucker making a play just to his left. He’s...

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Prospect Highlights: First AAA Homer For Rojas, Double From Stetson Allie
Jul01

Prospect Highlights: First AAA Homer For Rojas, Double From Stetson Allie

On Monday night, Mel Rojas Jr. hit his first home run since being promoted to Indianapolis. He has been hitting well since his promotion, batting an even .300 through 28 games, with an .811 OPS. On the season, Rojas is hitting .302/.382/.439 in 285 at-bats, with six homers and seven stolen bases. Two Altoona highlights from the past few days. The first is an RBI double from Stetson Allie, his 11th double of the season. He also has 12...

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Prospect Highlights: Defensive Gem From Alen Hanson, Garcia Continues to Pick Up Extra-Base Hits
Jun29

Prospect Highlights: Defensive Gem From Alen Hanson, Garcia Continues to Pick Up Extra-Base Hits

We don’t get too many highlights from Alen Hanson on defense, and his skills at the position are constantly in question, so this play is good to see. He makes a diving stop on this ball up the middle, then completed the play with a throw from his knees. He has the range to play shortstop and the arm is good enough, his problem is more about consistency and the mental approach. Plays that he has too much time on, can turn into...

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Prospect Highlights: Pitching From Joely Rodriguez and Nick Hutchings
Jun28

Prospect Highlights: Pitching From Joely Rodriguez and Nick Hutchings

Joely Rodriguez retired 11 straight batters to end his outing on Thursday night, with the final out shown in the video below. Rodriguez finished the game with one hit and one run allowed over seven innings. His first taste of AA has been a bit disappointing, with a high BAA and a low strikeout rate. The Pirates have had 26 minor league pitchers throw at least 45 innings this year and Rodriguez’s 4.6 SO/9 is the lowest rate of...

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Prospect Highlights: Hits From Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz, Thoughts on Both Players
Jun27

Prospect Highlights: Hits From Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz, Thoughts on Both Players

Below are two hits from Altoona right fielder Willy Garcia and one from catcher Elias Diaz. Garcia is the flashier of the two players and younger, but Diaz just might be the better prospect of the two players. Garcia is a toolsy outfielder, with a cannon for an arm, good speed and he can hit for power. He has the one major flaw though, that is usually a deal-breaker when it comes to Major League success, a horrible BB/K rate. Last...

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