First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have the Top Farm System?

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close. Passan went on to highlight all of the usual names. He didn’t mention Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but did mention Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. He focused a lot on Tyler...

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Polanco, Hanson, and Kingham Named to FSL All-Star Team

The Bradenton Marauders are sending three players to the Florida State League All-Star game. Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham have all been selected to the game, which will be played on Saturday, June 15th. Polanco and Hanson each made the South Atlantic League All-Star team last year. Polanco leads the Marauders in batting average (.321), home runs (6), RBI (30), and stolen bases (23). He is second in the league in...

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Prospect Watch: Polanco Has a Three Hit Night; Hanson and Garcia Homer

Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, Top Hitter: Felix Pie, HR: Lucas May, Willy Garcia, Alen Hanson

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Prospect Trends: Hanson’s Getting It in Gear While Pimentel’s Going the Other Way

The farm system as a whole has been in something of a slump for a week or so, but a couple of former prospects are showing some power at the upper levels and one of the team’s top prospects is overcoming a bad start.  Meanwhile, the bullpen depth has taken a hit lately. The Good Matt Hague, 1B (AAA):  He’s past the prospect stage, but Hague could still rate consideration for a callup if the Pirates suffered a couple of...

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Stetson Allie, Matt Hague, and Alen Hanson Win Player of the Week Awards

Yesterday I posted the weekly top performers, with Stetson Allie and Matt Hague leading the group of hitters over the last week. Both players also led their individual leagues and were recognized with Player of the Week honors. Hague was named the International League player of the week after going 8-for-21 with five doubles and two homers. Hague is the second Indians batter and third Tribe player to win an IL weekly award following...

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