• Indianapolis Indians 2011 Season Recap: Hitters

    In the last two years we've seen the Pittsburgh Pirates graduate some top hitting prospects from Indianapolis, with Andrew McCutchen getting the call in 2009, and Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Jose Tabata coming up in 2010.  The 2011 season didn't have any flashy names, but we did see a lot of...

  • GCL Pirates 2011 Season Recap: Hitters

    We hear a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone too heavy with their approach of taking pitchers in the draft.  In the last few years, the Pirates have taken very few position players in the upper levels of the draft, flooding the lower levels with projectable pitching prospects....

  • GCL Pirates 2011 Season Recap: Pitchers

    The biggest story in the Gulf Coast League this year for the Pirates was Luis Heredia.  The 16 year old Mexican pitching phenom made his pro debut, getting the aggressive push to the United States.  Heredia really stands out because of his high velocity at a young age, but also his potential...

  • GCL Pirates 2011 Season Recap: Top Prospects

    We've talked about top prospects in the overall system in the past, and I've mentioned my preference for tiered rankings.  The obvious top tier in the GCL this year was Luis Heredia.  There's no question that he stood above everyone else in the rankings.  After that, it's very difficult to rank players....

  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Top International Prospects

    Now that I have finished the recaps for the VSL hitters and pitchers two weeks ago, and the DSL pitchers and hitters this week I thought I would revisit my top International players to watch list from early in the year and provide a new list of the top ten players to...

  • DSL Pirates Season Recap Part Two: Hitters

    Check Out Part One: The Pitchers The DSL Pirates as a team were one of the better hitting squads thanks mainly to their three all-stars who helped them score 5.3 runs a game and finish atop the DSL in home runs. From last year's club, gone were Willy Garcia, Luis Urena, Alen Hanson,...

  • DSL Pirates Season Recap Part One: Pitchers

    The DSL Pirates had their best season since 2007 when they were led by two 23 year old pitchers who combined for a 15-3 record and really had no business being in the DSL at that point due to their advanced age. This year the Pirates were forced to go to some...

  • VSL Season Wrap Part One: The Hitters

    The 2011 VSL Pirates were again a strong offensive team this year, and for the 6th straight year they played in the VSL playoffs defending their 2010 title against the Rays team.  They ended up losing the championship series two games to one, on a 7-2 loss yesterday. Just like last year...

  • VSL Season Wrap Part Two: The Pitchers

    Check out Part One: The VSL Hitters The VSL Pirates were stacked with young first year players this year so it is no surprise that the team won the league title based more on offense than it did on pitching. They finished 5th in the six team league in ERA with a...

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