Pittsburgh Pirates Have Six Top 100 Prospects
Jan23

Pittsburgh Pirates Have Six Top 100 Prospects

After going through the top ten by positions, MLB.com released their top 100 list Thursday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates had six players in the top 100, led by Gregory Polanco, who finished 13th overall. They had four players among the top 50 prospects. Polanco was ranked third among all outfielders earlier this week. He jumped well up the charts this year after ranking 65th overall last year. Jameson Taillon was second among...

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Alen Hanson Named Among Top Shortstop Prospects
Jan14

Alen Hanson Named Among Top Shortstop Prospects

On Monday, MLB.com began releasing their list of top ten prospects at each position. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have any representatives among left-handed pitchers, but Alen Hanson came in at #8 on their top ten shortstops list. In the rankings, they also break down each player on the 20-80 scouting system in five categories. Hanson was just below average with his arm, which is a fair ranking, but them seem to be a little low...

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First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success
Jan07

First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success

For a few moments today, it felt like Spring Training. I was up at 5:30, got to the field at 7:30, and my phone was back on the charger shortly after 11 AM. Of course, it’s not Spring Training. It’s mini-camp, or more accurately it’s “voluntary workouts”, since “mini-camp” is restricted in the new CBA. Also, it’s definitely not Spring Training since it’s supposed to be 35 degrees...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Starts at Second Base Again
Dec15

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Starts at Second Base Again

From the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored in his team’s 6-5 loss in ten innings. He is hitting .319 with 27 walks and 26 RBIs in 38 games. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 on Saturday night, his second straight game playing second base. He handled all his chances in the field cleanly. While he has played second base before, he has not played the position in two years. As a rookie...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Rojas, Garcia Makes Debut
Dec14

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Rojas, Garcia Makes Debut

On Friday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson went 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts. He was also thrown out stealing. The big news of the game was where he was in the field. Hanson started at second base for the first time. He handled all four chances in the field cleanly. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single. He is 6-for-15 in four games since returning from a stomach virus that caused him to miss all of last week. In...

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