Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Player of the Year

Last year there was a pretty close race between two players in the system for our 2011 Minor League Player of the Year. Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman both had similar results, and the edge went to Marte as he played at a higher level. This year there was another close race, only the two players played at the same level, on the same team. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson were the biggest breakout players in the system, and two of...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Shows Patience, Fuesser Dominates

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with two walks, pushing his off-season walk total to seven in just 11 games. He has a .333/.429/.571 line in 42 AB’s, with two homers and two stolen bases. He is playing for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican League. In other Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He has a .288 average and .762 OPS in 66 AB’s. Andy Vasquez...

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Winter League Recap: Hanson Steals His First Base

Here are the results from the winter leagues yesterday. **Alen Hanson came in as a pinch runner in the seventh inning and stole second base. He later came around to score what was the tying run at the time. He didn’t have an at-bat. **Jovany Lopez made his debut in the Mexican League. He pitched a shutout inning, giving up one hit and striking out two. **Brandon Boggs went 0-for-2 with three walks and a stolen base. **Jose Diaz...

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Winter League Results: 10/19

Here are the results from the Pirates prospects in yesterday’s winter league action. **Ramon Cabrera got his second start behind the plate, and went 0-for-4 with a walk. **Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a double and two walks for the Tigers in the Dominican League. **In the same game, Alen Hanson entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and grounded out in his only at-bat. Hanson remained in the game to play...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Shortstop

After deciding to part ways with shortstop Ronny Cedeno, the Pirates upgraded the position defensively last November by bringing Clint Barmes in on a two year deal. The 33-year-old had a pedigree for an impressive glove at short, and provided a solid glove for the Pirates in 2012. The first two months of the season weren’t what he, nor Pittsburgh, expected. Barmes hit for just a .149 clip in April, followed by a .189 average in...

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