• West Virginia Power 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

    Complete West Virginia Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects 1t. Alen Hanson, SS 1t. Gregory Polanco, OF I had a tough time picking the top prospect from this pair. In a tiered ranking system, they'd both be in the same group. When it comes to picking between them, it's splitting hairs....

  • West Virginia Power 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

    When doing these recaps I notice trends for each team. One trend I noticed this year is that State College has a lot of young pitching talent, and not a lot of young hitting talent. The opposite is true for West Virginia. The big story this year was the hitting talent in...

  • West Virginia Power 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

    Heading in to the season I had the West Virginia Power as the team to watch in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, due to Josh Bell and the international talent that would be there. That international talent, led by Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco, ended up making West Virginia a team to...

  • State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

    Complete State College Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects Top 10 Prospects 1. Luis Heredia 2. Clay Holmes 3. Barrett Barnes 4. Adrian Sampson 5. Jake Burnette 6. Joely Rodriguez 7. Tyler Gaffney 8. Jason Creasy 9. Dalton Friend 10. Jacob Stallings   Tier 1: Heredia, Holmes Luis Heredia: Luis Heredia...

  • State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

    In the past, State College has been known as "The Fastball Academy". The Pirates have sent young pitchers here to focus on their fastball command, learning how to throw on a downward plane, and move the pitch to the inside and outside corners of the plate. There was always a focus on...

  • State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

    The Spikes didn't have many standout young hitting prospects. Most of the younger prospects skipped over State College this year and went directly to West Virginia. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, and Willy Garcia all played in the GCL last year, and a few of them stopped briefly in State College...

  • GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

    Complete GCL Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects When rating prospects this low in the minors, it's all about potential. These players are so far off that it's impossible to come up with player comps, or a range for their ceiling and floor in the majors. Some of these players might...

  • GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

    The Gulf Coast League is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. The parks are huge, and the weather can be brutal, playing at noon every day in Florida during some of the most humid months of the year. For pitchers, that can lead to very strong numbers, even...

  • GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

    The Gulf Coast League is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. The parks are huge, and the weather can be brutal, playing at noon every day in Florida during some of the most humid months of the year. That's one thing to keep in mind when looking at...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Center Field

    Throughout the 2011 season, Pittsburgh Pirates fans saw something that hasn't been witnessed in Pittsburgh for a long time: a home grown player was making the jump in to "star" status.  Andrew McCutchen entered the 2011 season with just a year and a half under his professional belt.  His first two years...

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