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 guys come up and fill holes in the majors, keeping the Pirates afloat in the standings up until the end of July. The biggest...

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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.  If you’re looking for hitting prospects, you’re better off checking the international ranks. The Pirates promoted a lot of...

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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 for up to four plus pitches. One thing that’s notable with the GCL team this year is that it’s not just Heredia with the potential...

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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.  A lot of guys at this level are very raw, making it hard to project what they could eventually become in the...

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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 watch going forward. As I cautioned with the previous list, there isn’t a ton of information on these guys and while I have talked with sources with the Pirates...

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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, Jodaneli Carvajal and Samuel Gonzalez who are all playing well in the states.  Plus, three players were released, so this team had a lot of at-bats...

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