Minor League Schedule: 6/19/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton is currently on their All-Star break. They don’t play again until Monday when the FSL team records will reset to 0-0 for the 2nd half. West Virginia begins their all-star break following today’s game. Their next game will be Thursday in Hickory. The VSL team has off today, they are currently a 1/2...

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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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Minor League Schedule: 6/18/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis will play a day-night doubleheader today to make up for the postponed game on Thursday. Altoona will play a traditional doubleheader due to a prior rainout. Bradenton is currently on their All-Star break. They don’t play again until Monday when the FSL team records will reset to 0-0 for the 2nd half....

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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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Minor League Schedule: 6/17/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis was postponed yesterday due to flight issues. They will now play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday to make up the game. Bradenton is currently on their All-Star break. They don’t play again until Monday when the FSL team records will reset to 0-0 for the 2nd half. State College starts their...

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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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