Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015
Aug11

Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015

Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a switch, moving shortstop Alen Hanson over to second base. On Sunday, Neal Huntington said that Hanson was moved to second base to be Major League ready to help the team in 2015. Hanson does have the defensive skills to be a shortstop, but needs some work at the position to add consistency. The emergence of Jordy Mercer over the last year, along with Mercer’s improved defense this year,...

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Jamestown Sends Three to NYPL All-Star Game
Aug09

Jamestown Sends Three to NYPL All-Star Game

The Jamestown Jammers will send three players to the NYPL All-Star game, which takes place on Tuesday, August 19th in Brooklyn. First baseman Kevin Ross, outfielder Carl Anderson and relief pitcher Sam Street will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the game. Ross was drafted by the Pirates in the 8th round in 2012 and played his first two seasons in the GCL. He is hitting .270/.278/.358 in 148 at-bats. He has hit a...

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Josh Bell and Reese McGuire Receive Best Tools Honors
Aug08

Josh Bell and Reese McGuire Receive Best Tools Honors

Baseball America continued their Best Tools lists today, looking at all of the players in full-season A-ball. Yesterday I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few guys make the list in the upper levels, including Elias Diaz being named the Best Defensive Catcher in the Eastern League, and Gregory Polanco being named the Best Batting Prospect and the Most Exciting Player in the International League. The Pirates had two more...

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Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Elias Diaz Get Some Good Recognition
Aug07

Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Elias Diaz Get Some Good Recognition

Baseball America has been rolling out their annual Best Tools lists for every level, and has a few members of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization recognized. The MLB version saw Andrew McCutchen named as the second best hitter, the best strike zone judgment, the third best base runner, and the most exciting player. Edinson Volquez was also named with the third best fastball, behind Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel, which was...

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Pirates Moving Alen Hanson to Second Base
Aug02

Pirates Moving Alen Hanson to Second Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be moving shortstop Alen Hanson to second base, Pirates Prospects has learned. Hanson has committed 29 errors this season in 100 games at the shortstop position, after committing 32 in 127 games last year. There have been questions surrounding his defensive play at shortstop ever since he started hitting well at West Virginia in 2012. Hanson has the range and quickness to play the position, plus he has an...

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Casey Sadler blames pitch utilization on recent slide
Jul27

Casey Sadler blames pitch utilization on recent slide

Despite posting a season ERA of 2.85 with Indianapolis, Casey Sadler has seen his share of struggles since returning from Pittsburgh in mid-June. In his past six starts, he has allowed at least seven hits in all of them. In addition, in the 36.1 innings over this stretch, he has allowed 18 runs. Prior to this, he allowed 18 runs in the 61.2 innings leading up to the promotion. With this struggle in mind, Sadler has two reasons for the...

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