First Pitch: The Fallout From the Ike Davis Trade
Apr19

First Pitch: The Fallout From the Ike Davis Trade

After an entire off-season of speculation, rumors, and being attached to every potentially available first base option on the trade market, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally traded for a first baseman. Today, in the third week of the regular season, they acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets, in exchange for Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. As I mentioned in my article today, the PTBNL could be a big piece. Thornton...

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First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis
Apr16

First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis

With the vast wealth of prospects in the Pirates system, there may not be a more exciting opportunity than right now in Indianapolis. I can say that Gregory Polanco may be the best prospect that I have ever seen. That is saying a ton because I have been watching minor league baseball since before I can remember. He is off to a start that has to rival any prospect in their first couple of weeks in Triple-A, making the decision to keep...

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Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week
Apr14

Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week

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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The Adjustments Andrew Lambo is Making After His Slow Start
Apr12

The Adjustments Andrew Lambo is Making After His Slow Start

Tough beginnings After a rough spring training that caused him to lose the first base battle handily to Travis Ishikawa, and an 0-for-8 start to the Triple-A season at the plate, Andrew Lambo set off some warning alarms within the organization. However, Lambo has rebounded well from the slump, by going 8-for-16 in his five previous games through Friday. As for the cold onset to the campaign, Lambo blamed some of it on the success that...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson
Apr11

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson

Here are some highlights from the last few days in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, including two videos of top prospect Gregory Polanco. There’s always time for Gregory Polanco highlights, especially a highlight of him showing off his speed by stealing second base, and taking third on a wild throw by the catcher. Here’s another video of Polanco picking up a single up the middle. The Indians won in walk off fashion last...

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