Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 26 – Brooks Pounders

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40 31-35 30 – Brian Friday 29 – Aaron Pribanic 28 – Evan Chambers 27 – Brock Holt Now on to...

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2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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Brooks Pounders a top GCL Prospect

Baseball America has started releasing their top 20 prospects in each league. Today they started with the Gulf Coast League. The only Pittsburgh Pirates prospect to make the list was Brooks Pounders, who came in ranked number 15. They mention that Trent Stevenson missed the list due to not having a minimum amount of innings. Pounders pitched 24 innings in the GCL, allowing a 3.04 ERA, a 20:11 K/BB ratio, and a .218 BAA. The goal of...

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The 2009 GCL Pirates Season Recap

The Gulf Coast League is the start of the development process for most draft prospects. It is a 16 team league, and one of two rookie leagues above the VSL, DSL, and ASL. In the case of the Pirates, the GCL games are played in the Pirates’ Spring Training complex in Bradenton, with the bulk of the players coming from the VSL, DSL, and the draft. The main focus of the league isn’t so much on winning, but instruction and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/27/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Starling Marte went 0 for 4 tonight, which is a very significant event. Marte went from the DSL last year to West Virginia, stopping for two games in Bradenton, and skipping State College completely. It doesn’t seem like the jump to West Virginia has provided him much of a challenge. So far Marte is hitting .320/.380/.438 in 194 at-bats, with 21 stolen bases. The 0 for 4 performance tonight was...

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