What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?
Aug21

What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?

After posting a 2.55 ERA in 24 starts with Altoona this season, Adrian Sampson earned a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis to get in some work and experience before the season ends. While the first start did not go as planned for Sampson, as he allowed 10 hits and 6 runs in 3.2 innings, his second start looked much better. On Wednesday, Sampson went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out three. With this...

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Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson With Much Better Stuff in His Second Triple-A Start
Aug21

Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson With Much Better Stuff in His Second Triple-A Start

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Looking Back at Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz Before the 2014 Season
Aug15

Looking Back at Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz Before the 2014 Season

Today I opened up the last case of the 2014 Prospect Guide, which will be the last of the paperback version of the book, since I’ll be starting to writing process of the 2015 version in about a month. If you’re unfamiliar with the Prospect Guide, it’s a book we release every year, detailing every player in the minor league system. The scouting reports came out in December, but it’s still a reference I use daily...

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Prospect Watch: Sampson Gets Hit Hard in AAA Debut, Jones Homers Again
Aug14

Prospect Watch: Sampson Gets Hit Hard in AAA Debut, Jones Homers Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Top 10 Pitchers: A Breakout Pitcher You Should Follow, Not Named Adrian Sampson
Aug12

Top 10 Pitchers: A Breakout Pitcher You Should Follow, Not Named Adrian Sampson

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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