DSL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The DSL Pirates clubs were ranked sixth and 19th in the 35 team league in OPS. As a group, they have a decent amount of six figure bonus players. Some lived up to those numbers, while others did not. Some players, that were signed rather quietly (aka low bonus) ended up having big years. The Pirates chose to move players like Edwin Espinal and Dilson Herrera to the GCL with minimal experience and high-priced signings from the 2011...

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2012 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Indianapolis was one of the most successful teams in the Pirates’ system this year, fueled by Starling Marte and a strong pitching staff. By the time the playoffs came around, all of the players who got them to the post-season had been promoted to the majors, which resulted in a first round loss. Here are the results from the individual players, as well as the top ten prospects at the level this year. The Hitters The top hitting...

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2012 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

It has been awhile since I did a recap of the minor league teams. The last one I did was Bradenton. After that I got all the data together for the Altoona and Indianapolis recaps, then experienced something every blogger has experienced at some point in time. My computer was wiped, I lost the data and the articles, and had no desire to immediately do all the work again. I kept putting off the recaps until I got to the point where I...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Relief Pitchers

The Pirates bullpen continued to be a strength for Pittsburgh again during the 2012 season. The 2011 bullpen finished with a 3.76 ERA, and were even better this year. The ‘pen finished with a combined 3.36 ERA — which finished ranked seventh in the National League (11th in the Majors). In the first half of the season, the relievers sported an impressive 2.59 mark. That number went up to 3.89 in the second half of the year....

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Starting Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff was strong for the first four months of the season, but saw a drop off in the months of August and September, as the team fell out of the playoff hunt. During April (combined 2.78 ERA) and May (3.71), the pitching kept the Pirates in games while the offense struggled to click. June (3.97) and July (3.74), the staff remained strong, but saw the regression during the final stretch of the 2012...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Center Field

The Pirates watched as Andrew McCutchen put together an impressive 2012 season while roaming center field. When he wasn’t hitting a career-high 31 bombs –which lead the team — or setting another career-high in batting average (.327), McCutchen was showing off his speed in the spacious outfield by making diving plays. The 26-year-old, who was named to his second straight All-Star game, played in 156 games for...

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