After a Rough Start, Alen Hanson Has Done a Complete 180

Ground balls are supposed to lead to easy outs. When you see a routine grounder hit to shortstop, you expect an out. There’s usually no feeling that the play could go wrong. You get ready to write “6-3″ in your scorebook, even before the play is finished. There’s a reason they call it “routine”. That wasn’t the case with Alen Hanson early in the season. Hanson’s defense at the start of...

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Top Performers: Do the Pirates Have Anything With Felix Pie?

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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Prospect Watch: Big Days From Pie and Carroll, Pimentel Struggles Again

Top Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, Top Hitter: Felix Pie, HR: Brett Carroll (2), Ivan De Jesus

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Prospect Watch: Tony Sanchez Hitting For Power; Alen Hanson Hits First Homer

Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, HR: Tony Sanchez, Alen Hanson

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Early Preview of the 2013 International Signing Class, Pirates Not In On Top Names

On Baseball America this afternoon, Ben Badler posted his list of Ten International Prospects To Watch. It is a subscribers only article, but don’t worry if you don’t subscribe, yet want to know who the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to among that group, he doesn’t mention them once. In most years, that has been the case with the Pirates. There have been a few exceptions recently, the two obvious ones are Miguel Sano...

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