Prospect Watch: Pat Ludwig Throws Five Shutout Innings
Apr15

Prospect Watch: Pat Ludwig Throws Five Shutout Innings

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and...

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Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco
Apr15

Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco

Development in the minors There is no doubt that Gregory Polanco is living up to the hype early in the 2014 season at Triple-A. While most of the decision to start Polanco in Triple-A was undoubtedly about the Super Two situation and the future cost, there is some value in not throwing him to the wolves right away. He is gaining an enormous amount of confidence feeding on under-matched Triple-A pitching. Most importantly, Polanco did...

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Minor League Schedule: Adrian Sampson Has Looked Strong Early On
Apr14

Minor League Schedule: Adrian Sampson Has Looked Strong Early On

Today’s Starters: Adrian Sampson, Pat Ludwig

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Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Third Homer in Altoona
Apr14

Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Third Homer in Altoona

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and...

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Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week
Apr14

Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?
Apr14

Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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