First Pitch: The Pirates Short and Long Term at Shortstop
May17

First Pitch: The Pirates Short and Long Term at Shortstop

Today I wrote about Jordy Mercer and how I think he’s going to bounce back offensively this year. He may already be in the process of doing just that, but I don’t want to put too much stock on his recent hot streak, which is a sample size of six games. If Mercer doesn’t bounce back, then the Pirates once again find themselves in trouble at the shortstop position. That’s not an uncommon thing, as shortstop is...

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Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson and Josh Bell Homer, Six No-Hit Innings From Buddy Borden
May15

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson and Josh Bell Homer, Six No-Hit Innings From Buddy Borden

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night
May14

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Triple, Alen Hanson’s Homer
May12

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Triple, Alen Hanson’s Homer

Today’s version of the Prospect Highlights takes a look at video of Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson, two of the top hitting prospects in the system, along with Chris Dickerson, who continues his hot stretch in Triple-A. Also, some rare video from West Virginia. The first video is of Polanco, who is a regular feature in this series of articles, legging out a triple. Then there’s Chris Dickerson, who also tripled, continuing...

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Prospect Watch: Locke Has a Great Start; Hanson, Jones, and Rojas Homer
May12

Prospect Watch: Locke Has a Great Start; Hanson, Jones, and Rojas Homer

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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