Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Catching

The Pittsburgh Pirates backstops saw no lengthy injuries during the 2012 season, and they needed just two catchers for the entire season for the first time since 2000 (Jason Kendall and Keith Osik). The Pirates in 2011 used eight. Rod Barajas and Michael McKenry connected for 23 long balls. Only three National League teams had more home runs from their catchers this season: Colorado (34), Atlanta (29) and Philadelphia (27). While they...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 2012 season four games below .500 (79-83) to extend their losing streak to 20 consecutive seasons. Those 79 wins tie the 1997 season for the best record during the losing streak. “You look at the pitching rotation, the pitching overall has continued to evolve in a much better fashion,” Manager Clint Hurdle said on the positives of the season. “The starting rotation, the bullpen...

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Bradenton Marauders 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete Bradenton Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects Going through all of the players at the Bradenton level, and coming up with a top ten list of prospects was difficult. For one, a lot of players were promoted quickly, and didn’t qualify for this list. Guys like Jeff Inman or Kyle Kaminska might have qualified for the top ten, but neither had enough innings. Colton Cain definitely would have qualified had he not...

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Bradenton Marauders 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

Bradenton had the top pitchers in the farm system at the start of the year, making them the team to watch. A few other pitchers stepped up, although the majority of the arms profile as future relievers. The most intriguing arm to step up this year was Casey Sadler, who made the jump from a reliever to a starter after Gerrit Cole was promoted. Bradenton had a lot of arms promoted to Altoona this year, which meant a lot of the second...

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Bradenton Marauders 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The hitting in Bradenton this year was bad. The top prospect, Alex Dickerson, had some good results in the second half, but his overall year was inconsistent. A lot of the high upside guys with raw tools didn’t pan out, with some of them starting to flame out. No one really broke out, unlike last year with guys like Robbie Grossman or Ramon Cabrera. Looking through the list of hitters, there wasn’t one standout story this...

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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. Offensively, the difference is minimal. Polanco was more consistent this year, and hit for a better average. Hanson hit for more...

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