Is Stetson Allie a Future All-Star, Platoon Player, or Minor League Director?

Stetson Allie has been one of the best stories in the Pirates’ minor league system this year. I get asked all the time why he’s not a top 20 prospect yet, when he’ll be moved up to Double-A, and even what he could become in the future. I’m generally hesitant to give high rankings to first basemen. I’m also hesitant to give high rankings to hitters based on low-A numbers, unless I see some really promising...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/12

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper had another big weekend, going 5-for-13 with three homers, giving him 15 homers on the season.  Harper started off by going 0-for-3 in game one on Friday, but followed that up with a 2-for-4 performance, and a homer.  Harper also hit a homer in each game during Saturday’s double...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/5

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper had another strong weekend, going 5-for-13.  All five hits were singles, however, that put Harper in position to steal five bases in his four games.  For all of the talk of Harper’s power, which has led to a homer every 9.58 at-bats this season, not much is mentioned about his speed...

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Q&A: The Importance of Strikeout Percentage

I don’t usually do a regular Q&A, although I received a few of the same questions a few weeks ago after my write up of Bryce Brentz in the 3/15 Draft Prospects Rundown, in which I said the following: Brentz had a big week, going 7-for-20 with four homers, raising his season line to .369/.453/.708. Brentz is hitting for a .370/.420/.783 line in 46 at-bats in the month of March, with six homers in his last eight games. He also...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 3/29

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper continued to destroy JuCo pitching this weekend, going 7-for-14 with four homers, three walks, and two strikeouts.  In the month of March, Harper is hitting for a .535/.648/1.233 line in 43 at-bats.  What is more impressive is that he has a 6:12 K/BB ratio, and has hit a homer once every...

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