Top Performers: Pirates Hitters Cutting Down on Strikeouts in the Minors
Apr28

Top Performers: Pirates Hitters Cutting Down on Strikeouts in the Minors

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: Homer From Gift Ngoepe, Hits From Polanco and Lambo
Apr28

Prospect Highlights: Homer From Gift Ngoepe, Hits From Polanco and Lambo

In yesterday’s Prospect Highlights, the focus was the season that Gift Ngoepe is having at the plate. His defense is already Major League ready and his speed will be an asset, but coming into the 2014 season, it looked like his bat could keep him from reaching his big league dreams. He had a tough time in AA last year, then really struggled in the Arizona Fall League. The results are good early on, with Ngoepe drawing 17 walks...

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Prospect Highlights: Walk-Off In Indianapolis, Gift Ngoepe Showing Improvements
Apr27

Prospect Highlights: Walk-Off In Indianapolis, Gift Ngoepe Showing Improvements

Today’s prospect highlights include a few things from last night’s Indianapolis game. The video is the highlights of the entire game, so there are some lowlights here as well, such as Jeff Locke giving up some early runs and Daniel Schlereth allowing the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. The game ends happy for Indianapolis, as Michael Martinez wins it with a walk-off single. Of note with prospects, Gregory Polanco...

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Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Andrew Lambo in Walk-Off Win
Apr26

Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Andrew Lambo in Walk-Off Win

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: How Ike Davis Impacts the First Base Prospects in the System
Apr24

First Pitch: How Ike Davis Impacts the First Base Prospects in the System

Now that Ike Davis is a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they potentially have their first base position under control for the next three years. Davis might not work out, but if he plays up to his career numbers, he’ll be a good platoon player at the least. The Pirates didn’t have a great first base option for the long-term in the minor leagues. The best bet in the short-term was Andrew Lambo, who was a converted...

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