Minor Moves: Polanco to the DL, Lambo Activated From DL

Some minor league transactions that took place today. **Gregory Polanco has been placed on the West Virginia disabled list. The outfielder left last Thursday’s game with an ankle injury, and hasn’t played since. I’m told that he is progressing well, and is expected back in a week, assuming no set backs. **Justin Ennis has been transferred from State College to West Virginia. **Andrew Lambo has been activated off the...

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Matt Curry and Dan Gamache Were the Top Hitters in the System Last 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, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team. There are many formulas...

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Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

Throughout the year we’ve talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the Pirates aren’t at risk of losing any significant prospects to the Rule 5 draft.  They currently have five spots open...

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Nancy Zinni’s 2011 Indianapolis Indians Recap Part One

The Indianapolis Indians finished the season with a team batting average of .263.  This is remarkably consistent with their team batting averages for the past few years — .262 in 2010, 2008, and 2007, .and 260 in 2009.  While the team was third in the league in total hits (1282) and doubles (277), they were last in the league in homers with just 91.  The Indians led the International League in triples with 45, and that was 13...

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Altoona Curve 8/2 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the second of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See: State College 7/31 Tuesday August 2 — Altoona Curve I was really looking forward to the Curve game as they have several players that I saw often last year on the...

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