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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Prospect Watch: Joely and Wandy Rodriguez Struggle, Homers For Hanson and Lambo
May01

Prospect Watch: Joely and Wandy Rodriguez Struggle, Homers For Hanson and Lambo

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 (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...

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Gregory Polanco is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For April
May01

Gregory Polanco is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For April

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. We also recap each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month.¬†Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of April. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and...

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Prospect Highlights: Andrew Lambo Breaks Homerless Drought
Apr30

Prospect Highlights: Andrew Lambo Breaks Homerless Drought

Back in late September, Andrew Lambo homered for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Cincinnati Reds. He then had a couple a-bats with the Pirates, went to Winter ball, took part in Spring Training and played 21 games with Indianapolis without hitting another homer. That all changed on Tuesday afternoon and as you will see in the video below, the highlight might be the relief on his face. He was still having a very good season without...

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