Top 10 Hitters: Big Week For the Top Prospects, Led By Gregory Polanco, Of Course
May19

Top 10 Hitters: Big Week For the Top Prospects, Led By Gregory Polanco, Of Course

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, 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 top ten players from the last...

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Prospect Highlights: Fine Defensive Play By Alen Hanson
May19

Prospect Highlights: Fine Defensive Play By Alen Hanson

The offense by Alen Hanson has been the feature a few times recently, but on Sunday he made a fine defensive play with a diving catch up the middle for the final out of the seventh inning. Hanson has shown strong range up the middle during his career. Despite committing a lot of errors over the years, range has never been his problem, it’s usually the routine plays that get him. On offense, Hanson is hitting .319 in 17 May...

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Prospect Watch: Three Hits Each For Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco
May18

Prospect Watch: Three Hits Each For Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote 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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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. ┬áNote 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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