Bradenton Marauders Riding a Wave of Walk Off Victories

The Bradenton Marauders have now had three straight walk off victories. On Friday night, Alen Hanson came up in the bottom of the ninth inning with one runner on and the score tied at 5-5. Hanson had given up two errors in the top of the ninth inning, which cost Bradenton a two run lead. He made up for the errors, lining a triple off the wall in right to score Elias Diaz from second and win the game. On Saturday the Marauders won in a...

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Alen Hanson Returns to the Bradenton Lineup; Gary Green in Town

Alen Hanson was out of the lineup the last three days in Bradenton after committing three errors in Sunday’s game. Hanson has ten errors on the year, and that number could easily be much higher, as some errors were ruled hits. He will return to the lineup tonight, playing shortstop and batting leadoff. The shortstop was held out of the last three games to concentrate on his defense. He worked on simple fielding drills, only...

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Prospect Trends: Some Fast Starts for West Virginia Hitters

The season’s first two weeks have produced some noteworthy performances in the Pirates’ farm system, both good and bad. It’s way too early to start drawing any conclusions from these performances, but it’s not too early to scope out some players who’ll be interesting to follow closely, either with enthusiasm or concern. The biggest extremes have come at West Virginia and Bradenton, as a number of the Power’s hitters have gotten off to...

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Prospect Notebook: Zack Von Rosenberg Switches to a Two-Seam Fastball

When Zack Von Rosenberg was drafted, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have any ace pitching prospects. Jameson Taillon was a year away from being drafted. Luis Heredia was a year and a few months away from being signed. Gerrit Cole was two years away from being drafted. And the last time the Pirates had an ace in the majors was arguably when Doug Drabek was on the team. The hope with the 2009 draft class was that one of those...

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Alen Hanson’s Defense Is Tough to Watch; Will It Ever Be Good?

I’ve written a lot this week not only on Alen Hanson’s defense, but on the defense of the entire Bradenton Marauders team. Overall the defense has been horrible in the early part of the season. The frustrating thing is that a large majority of the errors have come on routine plays. These aren’t cases where a guy ranges over and gets an error on a play that a slower guy would have missed. They’re routine plays...

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