Prospect Notebook: Can Josh Bell Be a Future Power Hitter in the Majors?
Aug13

Prospect Notebook: Can Josh Bell Be a Future Power Hitter in the Majors?

The West Virginia Power played a total of 12 games in Lakewood this year, so I got to see a little more of the team than usual. Early in the season, it was the power display by Stetson Allie and the pitching of Tyler Glasnow that impressed me the most. As the season went on, I noticed improvements each start from Clay Holmes and better hitting from Josh Bell, particularly in this last series for both of them. Below I’ll give my...

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West Virginia Drops Lakewood For 19th Time; Barnes Likely Out For the Year
Aug09

West Virginia Drops Lakewood For 19th Time; Barnes Likely Out For the Year

The West Virginia Power took on the Lakewood BlueClaws in game two of a four game series in Lakewood. After winning the opener behind strong pitching from Luis Heredia, the Power won 3-1 to move their record on the season to 19-3 against the BlueClaws. West Virginia put two on the board in the first inning on a single by Eric Wood that scored Chris Diaz and Dilson Herrera. They didn’t score again until the ninth, with Josh Bell...

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Barrett Barnes Placed on the West Virginia DL
Jul25

Barrett Barnes Placed on the West Virginia DL

Barrett Barnes has been placed on the West Virginia disabled list, retroactive July 24th. Barnes left game two of a double-header on Tuesday after one at-bat. The injury is a right hamstring strain, which is the same injury that sidelined him back in May. This is the third time this season that Barnes has been on the disabled list. He started the year on the DL with a back issue, then went back on the DL in May with a hamstring injury...

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Top Performers: Do the Pirates Have Their Future First Baseman in Alex Dickerson?
Jul22

Top Performers: Do the Pirates Have Their Future First Baseman in Alex Dickerson?

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. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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First Pitch: Which Prospects Should Be Available In Trades?
Jul16

First Pitch: Which Prospects Should Be Available In Trades?

Last night I wrote about how Gregory Polanco should be untouchable. Today I broke down the trade values of Alex Rios and Nate Schierholtz, and noted that Nick Kingham would be fair value for Rios and cash, but that I wouldn’t trade Kingham. I get asked a lot of questions about which prospects I would trade. I don’t really like that question because the answer is dependent on who you are trading for. As an example,...

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