Prospect Notebook: Huntington Explains the Polanco, Pimentel, and Kingham Promotions

In the last week the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Gregory Polanco, Nick Kingham, and Stolmy Pimentel. Today at PNC Park, Neal Huntington explained to reporters what led to those decisions from each individual player. Gregory Polanco Polanco was one of the biggest breakout hitters in all of minor league baseball last year. He followed that up with a .312/.364/.472 line in 218 at-bats in the Florida State League this year, which is...

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Prospect Notebook: Tyler Glasnow, a Playoff Race, Allie and Close Game Woes
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Prospect Notebook: Tyler Glasnow, a Playoff Race, Allie and Close Game Woes

West Virginia got another good start out of Tyler Glasnow with the 19-year old right-hander striking out eight while allow just three hits with three walks and no runs allowed in four and two-thirds innings of work on Sunday. The West Virginia bullpen, however, would let in four runs in the sixth inning as the Power lost to visiting Hagerstown 4-1. Glasnow has only factored in one decision (a loss) in his last five starts and has not...

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Prospect Notebook: Allie And Glasnow Top West Virginia Series Recap

I had a chance to see the West Virginia Power play four games in Lakewood this weekend, posting game recaps each night highlighting the better prospects on the team. With four days of watching them all play, it’s time to give my impressions of the series and the players. With Jake Burnette going to the bullpen, I actually got to see all five starters pitch. I also had the great opportunity to sit down and talk about the team...

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Prospect Notebook: Where Will Heredia Go? Sandfort Seeing Changeup Improvements

Luis Heredia made a start at Pirate City yesterday in an intrasquad game in extended Spring Training. He went three innings, giving up a run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Heredia had an easy first inning. He worked a full count and got the leadoff hitter to pop out to short. He followed that up with a first pitch ground out to short. The 1-2-3 inning was completed with a strikeout looking on his fastball. He needed 14...

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Prospect Notebook: Jerry Sands Could Be a Good In-Season Addition For the Pirates

A few weeks ago I wrote about how Jerry Sands was struggling all around, and how there were no silver linings to his game. He wasn’t hitting right-handers or left-handers. He wasn’t hitting for power. It wasn’t a home/road split, or a situation where you could point to the most recent games with hope that he was turning things around. Now? There are a few silver linings. In fact, there are outright positive signs. On...

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Prospect Notebook: When Should Taillon and Pimentel Be Promoted to Indianapolis?

After losing 6 of 8 games last week (through May 8th), the Altoona Curve had more success this week going 4-1.  Of particular note, the team has scored more runs, a sign that the offense is starting to turn it around, but they still only managed 4.2 runs per game on average (up from 2.4 the week before).  The team also benefited from several strong pitching performances, including Jameson Taillon’s 2 hit-effort on Sunday. Staying...

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