The Surprising Season A.J. Morris Has Had on the Mound
Aug23

The Surprising Season A.J. Morris Has Had on the Mound

After coming to Indianapolis on June 7 with a 1.64 ERA in Altoona, A.J. Morris has hit the ground running. Morris had three very strong starts, including a six-hit shutout on June 12. He went down with a right forearm strain, missing two months, and returned this week to struggle in his first game back for Indianapolis. He’ll have a few weeks to show that he can get back to where he was before the injury. Prior to going on the...

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What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?
Aug21

What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?

After posting a 2.55 ERA in 24 starts with Altoona this season, Adrian Sampson earned a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis to get in some work and experience before the season ends. While the first start did not go as planned for Sampson, as he allowed 10 hits and 6 runs in 3.2 innings, his second start looked much better. On Wednesday, Sampson went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out three. With this...

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Gage Hinsz Makes First Start as a Pro
Aug21

Gage Hinsz Makes First Start as a Pro

On Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League, Gage Hinsz made his first start as a pro. The 11th round draft pick from this year, had made one relief appearance last Wednesday, which was his pro debut. In that brief outing, he threw 1.2 innings, giving up two runs(one earned) on two hits, with one walk and one strikeout. We talk about pitchers being projectable all the time here because the Pittsburgh Pirates take chances on a lot of high...

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Tyler Glasnow Expects to Remain in Bradenton the Rest of the Season
Aug18

Tyler Glasnow Expects to Remain in Bradenton the Rest of the Season

Tyler Glasnow has been phenomenal this year. On the season he has a 1.43 ERA in 113.1 innings, with 140 strikeouts and 55 walks. The 140 strikeouts not only leads the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, but is the best in the organization this year, with Francisco Liriano’s 123 (in 114.1 innings) ranking second. On May 28th, Glasnow really started picking up the pace. He struck out 12 batters in 5.2 shutout innings...

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Scout: Nick Kingham is a Poor Man’s Gerrit Cole
Aug16

Scout: Nick Kingham is a Poor Man’s Gerrit Cole

Following a fast start at Triple-A, Nick Kingham has come back down to Earth as of late. However, this has not dashed one American League scout’s opinion on the right-hander. The scout referred to Kingham as having the possibility as a frontline starter in Pittsburgh. “He has a hard change, but good fade,” the scout said. “There is late slider run and command with the fastball.” These pitches allow the scout to compare him to...

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Looking Back at Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz Before the 2014 Season
Aug15

Looking Back at Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz Before the 2014 Season

Today I opened up the last case of the 2014 Prospect Guide, which will be the last of the paperback version of the book, since I’ll be starting to writing process of the 2015 version in about a month. If you’re unfamiliar with the Prospect Guide, it’s a book we release every year, detailing every player in the minor league system. The scouting reports came out in December, but it’s still a reference I use daily...

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