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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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/17/11

PLAYER PROFILE: JORDY MERCER In light of Jordy Mercer’s 12th homer of the year tonight, I figured I would point out just how good he has been at the plate lately.  Mercer got off to a rough start in April, with a .154/.233/.346 line in 78 at-bats.  He did manage to hit four homers, which was one more than he hit in 485 at-bats in the entire 2010 season at the AA level.  However, the homers were about the only thing he was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/16/11

PLAYER PROFILE: TONY SANCHEZ With the catching woes at the major league level, there have been some calls for top prospect Tony Sanchez to get promoted from Altoona, and take over right now as the catcher of the future. Unfortunately, those calls are a bit short sighted, especially for the development of Sanchez.  There are two big fallacies that surround Sanchez.  First is that he’s a former college player, so the jump to the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/15/11

TODAY’S FEATURED PROSPECT I put up a survey for the site, asking for your comments and suggestions on the site.  If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please check it out and send in your comments, as I’m always looking for input (and I’m responding to every e-mail).  One of the things I noticed was that people really like the Prospect Watch.  I always figured it was a good feature, but more of a secondary...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/14/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Garrett Olson (5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Brock Holt (3-for-4, 3B, RBI) Home Runs: None INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Box Score Result: Gwinnett 4, Indianapolis 0 Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson (5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Corey Wimberly (2-for-3) Notes: Garrett Olson (1.59) pitched five no-hit innings, allowing one walk and striking out five.  Chris Leroux...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/13/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Calvin Anderson (2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI) Home Runs: Calvin Anderson (10), Evan Chambers (3) INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Box Score Result: Gwinnett 2, Indianapolis 0 Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Corey Wimberly (2-for-2, 2B, BB) Notes: Brad Lincoln (5-6, 4.09) pitched six innings, allowing...

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