Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/23/11

PLAYER PROFILE: MATT HAGUE Matt Hague hit two homers tonight, giving him three in the last week.  He’s currently hitting for a .316/.367/.460 line at the AAA level, which is very similar to his career totals of .302/.369/.436.  Hague has been extremely consistent throughout his career.  His yearly totals: 2008: .322/.386/.467 in 242 AB in low-A 2009: .293/.356/.412 in 454 AB in high-A 2010: .295/.375/.442 in 509 AB in AA 2011:...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/22/11

PLAYER PROFILE: GORKYS HERNANDEZ Last year, Gorkys Hernandez got off to a horrible start, only to turn things around once the month of June came around.  Hernandez hit for a .306/.369/.414 line in 184 at-bats from June 2010 until he broke his finger in early July, an injury that ended his season.  This year, Hernandez started off with some major struggles in the first two months of the season, after making the jump to the AAA level....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/21/11

PLAYER PROFILE: JOELY RODRIGUEZ I’ve talked a lot about Rodriguez lately, but with his first start of the 2011 season coming tonight, I figure one more time is appropriate.  I first saw Rodriguez with the Spikes last year.  I wasn’t expecting much, considering his low strikeout numbers.  I was surprised when I saw him throwing 88-92 MPH that night, and even more impressed when I received reports that he touched 94 at times...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/20/11

PLAYER PROFILE: BRYAN MORRIS I talked yesterday about Bryan Morris and his move to the bullpen, which only makes his struggles this year worse.  Morris currently has a 4.66 ERA and a 28:17 K/BB ratio in 38.2 innings.  This follows a 2010 season when Morris had a 4.25 ERA, but had success with his secondary numbers, with an 84:31 K/BB ratio in 89 innings.  This year, Morris has really struggled as a starter, with a 6.04 ERA and a 17:16...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/19/11

PLAYER PROFILE: PHILLIP IRWIN The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted right handed pitcher Phillip Irwin to Altoona today, and immediately put him in the rotation.  Irwin made his first start tonight, and his debut was great, with six shutout innings, allowing two hits.  The former starter out of Ole Miss was drafted by the Pirates in the 21st round of the 2009 draft, and signed immediately.  To date, he hasn’t pitched like a 21st round...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/18/11

PLAYER PROFILE: STARLING MARTE Coming in to the season, Pirates Prospects was higher on center field prospect Starling Marte than most.  We had him ranked as our number two prospect, ahead of guys like Stetson Allie, Tony Sanchez, and Luis Heredia.  The ranking actually drew some criticism, with most of the criticism pointed to his high strikeout rates, suggesting that his high average wouldn’t translate over to the upper...

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