Prospect Watch: One Big Inning Sinks Indianapolis
Apr20

Prospect Watch: One Big Inning Sinks Indianapolis

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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What the future holds for Andrew Lambo
Apr20

What the future holds for Andrew Lambo

On Sunday, Andrew Lambo started in left field in Indianapolis. Though it is his natural position over first base, unfortunately it shows what we already knew – how the Ike Davis trade would impact his future with the club. Lambo, who was given every chance out of Spring Training to take over the platoon job against right-handed pitchers at first base, had a dreadful Spring Training and was demoted to Triple-A. However, a hot start to...

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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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