Marauders Drop Game One as Tyler Glasnow Struggles With His Control
Sep02

Marauders Drop Game One as Tyler Glasnow Struggles With His Control

The Pittsburgh Pirates wanted to keep Tyler Glasnow in Bradenton this year, in part to get additional playoff experience. Tonight, Glasnow started the first game of a best of three series against the Fort Myers Miracle, and the experience didn’t go well. The right-hander gave up six runs on two hits and six walks in three innings, leaving with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth inning. The Marauders ended up losing 8-7,...

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The Ongoing Maturation of Luis Heredia
Sep02

The Ongoing Maturation of Luis Heredia

The 2013 and 2014 seasons have both been up-and-down years for Luis Heredia. At the start of the 2013 season, Heredia came into spring training overweight and out-of-shape, causing him to miss a big chunk of the season while he worked on his conditioning. Thus, he was only able to pitch 65 innings at Low-A West Virginia. The results were mixed. On the positive side, Heredia finished his shortened season with a 3.05 ERA to go along...

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Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors
Aug31

Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors

In his final start before the minor league season ending, Adrian Sampson allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings on four hits. Sampson walked a pair and struck out five. Coming into the start, Sampson’s ERA had ballooned up to over 8.00 with Indianapolis. Odd numbered outings did not go well for the right-hander. In his first and third start combined, Sampson allowed 11 runs on 19 hits in 5.2 innings. In his second start,...

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How is Alen Hanson Adjusting to Second Base?
Aug30

How is Alen Hanson Adjusting to Second Base?

Since being moved to second base at the beginning of August, Alen Hanson has been adjusting well, Altoona Curve Manager Carlos Garcia said on Wednesday night. “It’s been good. At least he’s had more time to focus to make the routine plays. The throw is not as long as it is from the shortstop [position]. He’s only played about two and a half weeks [at second base] before he got hurt, but he likes it over there.” Hanson was having a...

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Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect
Aug29

Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect

As 2014 is coming to a close, one prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system is progressing as well as any player within the organization. Right fielder Willy Garcia, just 21 years old and playing in his first full season for the Double-A Altoona Curve, has taken major strides this season defensively, as well as in the batter’s box. Willy Garcia is known for his power potential, demonstrated by his 50 extra base hits,...

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Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System
Aug27

Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System

The 2014 season has been a nice breakout campaign for Elias Diaz, which sees him finishing up at Triple-A and emerging as one of the best catching prospects in the system. One of the main reason Diaz has reached this level is that he has seen tremendous progress at the plate over the last two seasons. In 326 at bats with Altoona this season, Diaz hit .328 with an .823 OPS. This included 20 doubles and six home runs. As for the...

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