2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct21

2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The Bradenton Marauders started the 2013 season as one of the most exciting teams to follow in the system. That was largely due to the presence of the top two hitting prospects in the system — Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson — and one of the top pitching prospects in Nick Kingham. By mid-season, Polanco and Kingham were promoted to Altoona, and Hanson was soon to follow. What remained was a roster filled with talented...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Center Field
Oct19

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Center Field

Most recaps this year will involve many players. Some will involve only one player at the major league level, but will look at other players for the future. When it comes to center field, there is only one player to focus on from the present to the future. That’s Andrew McCutchen, who looked like an MVP in 2013, and is under team control through the 2018 season. In 2012, McCutchen had an amazing season, putting up a 6.8 WAR....

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2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct18

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base
Oct16

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates have tried a platoon with Garrett Jones for the past three seasons. In 2011 they brought in Matt Diaz and tried to platoon both players in right field. Jones held up his end of the platoon, with an .808 OPS against right-handers. Diaz didn’t hold up his end, with a .704 OPS against left-handers. What made matters worse was that Lyle Overbay struggled at first base, leading to Jones getting more playing...

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2013 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct15

2013 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second year in a row, Indianapolis was dominant in the International League, making the post-season with ease. However, the Pirates were competitive for the second year in a row, and as a result the top performers in Indianapolis were all playing for Pittsburgh by the end of the season. The Pirates probably wouldn’t have been as competitive if it wasn’t for the depth from Triple-A throughout the year. Here are the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base

The most notable thing about Neil Walker’s season might end up being the fact that he went 0-for-19 in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was a poor finish to a decent season for Walker as the starting second baseman. This is the third full season that Walker has been the starter at second, and he has emerged as an average to slightly above average option. The hometown player put up a 2.7 WAR, which tied with two...

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