• Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year

    Jeff Locke is the Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In previous years it wasn't difficult to pick the Pitcher of the Year in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system. Kyle McPherson was clearly the winner last year, posting a 2.96 ERA and a 142:27 K/BB ratio in 161...

  • Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Player of the Year

    Gregory Polanco is the Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Player of the Year. Last year there was a pretty close race between two players in the system for our 2011 Minor League Player of the Year. Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman both had similar results, and the edge went to Marte as...

  • DSL Pirates 2012: Players to Watch

    Complete DSL Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers 10 Prospects to Watch Unlike the other teams in the system, it is much harder to put together a top ten prospect list for the Dominican Summer League. There is very little to go on besides the season stats, signing information and scouting reports that...

  • DSL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

    As a group, there was a lot of good pitching from the Pirates' two DSL teams this season. Part of it was due to high inning totals from older pitchers. It isn't a strong group on the prospect front, with some of the higher price bonus guys getting up there in age...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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