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 watch, not just in the system, but in all of minor league baseball. Below are the stats from each hitter in West Virginia, broken down by age groups....

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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 entered this season with some question marks based on his young age and lack of professional baseball experience,...

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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 secondary pitches, but this year there was an even bigger focus on the changeup for every pitcher. A lot of the younger starters saw...

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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 at the end of the year before moving on to West Virginia this season. Below are the stats from each hitter in State College,...

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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 not even make the majors, as it’s a long path from the GCL. These rankings are based more on tools and potential, with some...

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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 from guys who aren’t prospects. Below are the stats from each pitcher in the GCL, broken down by age groups. The first age group is where you’ll find...

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