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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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, but the young pitching talent was lacking. There were a few good stories, such as Nick Kingham’s finish to the year, and the emergence of Robby...

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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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