Top Performers: JaCoby Jones Leads a Huge Week For West Virginia Hitters
May05

Top Performers: JaCoby Jones Leads a Huge Week For West Virginia Hitters

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 Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th
May04

The Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th

When the Pittsburgh Pirates sent down Brandon Cumpton yesterday, I was a bit surprised. Cumpton has pitched well in both of his starts this season, along with his time in Triple-A, and his time in the majors last year. There seemed to be no reason to send him down. Then I took a look at the schedule, and realized that the Pirates could get by with four starters for most of the month of May. I don’t know if this is why Cumpton...

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First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates
May04

First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates

Dominance in the middle of the order Though Gregory Polanco has stolen most of the thunder this season in Indianapolis, Andrew Lambo has been almost equally as impressive. Polanco had a 10-game hit streak earlier in the season and has been the talk of the town with visits from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo. This attention fails in comparison to the excitement and the buzz that Polanco’s future promotion to Pittsburgh has caused...

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Prospect Highlights: Another Big Hit From Alen Hanson, Lambo’s Latest Homer
May03

Prospect Highlights: Another Big Hit From Alen Hanson, Lambo’s Latest Homer

Alen Hanson had two hits, drove in two runs and stole his seventh base in Altoona’s 5-4 loss on Friday night. In his last ten games, he has five multi-hit games and his overall numbers are looking much better than they did at the beginning of last week. He has extra-base hits in three of his last four games and leads the Eastern League with four triples. He is also tied for fourth in stolen bases. Today’s clip is his...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Should Call Up Andrew Lambo
May02

First Pitch: The Pirates Should Call Up Andrew Lambo

Today we wrapped up the first month of the 2014 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system by announcing the Player of the Month and the Pitcher of the Month. I originally planned to have First Pitch focus on early season promotion candidates at each level. However, after going through each level, I couldn’t find any “must promote” players in Altoona or West Virginia. That’s not to say that no one is...

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