Improved Fastball Command Propels Buddy Borden in 2014
Sep28

Improved Fastball Command Propels Buddy Borden in 2014

Right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden turned in one of the best pitching performances in the Pirates minor league system this season. In his first full season in Low-A West Virginia, the 22-year-old finished with a 3.16 ERA in 128 innings pitched, to go along with a 122/48 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Pirates selected Borden in the 7th round of the 2013 draft out of UNLV. At 6’ 3’’ 210 pounds, he has a hard fastball with good movement,...

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2014 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep25

2014 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The West Virginia Power have featured a lot of breakout players over the last few years. In 2012 it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. Last year it was Tyler Glasnow emerging as a top prospect. This time around they were expected to see a lot of breakout candidates. However, injuries prevented that from happening on a grand scale, limiting the seasons of Austin Meadows, Harold Ramirez, and others. They still had breakout players,...

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Tyler Glasnow is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For August
Sep02

Tyler Glasnow is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For August

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 average pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of August. The rankings include every pitcher who made at least four starts for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no...

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Morning Report: Edwin Espinal is Still a Sleeper, But For How Much Longer?
Aug30

Morning Report: Edwin Espinal is Still a Sleeper, But For How Much Longer?

At the beginning of the season, we mentioned Edwin Espinal as a possible sleeper prospect this year. He has looked like he was about to break out a few times during the year, but it really never lasted long and then he would just blend in again, doing nothing that stood out. On Thursday night, Espinal had one of the best nights of any Pirates player this year, possibly the best. He had three hits, including his sixth homer and he...

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First Pitch: A Positive Trend For Luis Heredia, Buddy Borden, and Cody Dickson
Aug25

First Pitch: A Positive Trend For Luis Heredia, Buddy Borden, and Cody Dickson

Tonight, Buddy Borden had another good start with West Virginia, continuing an impressive run lately for the right-handed pitcher. Borden has been dominating since the start of July, looking like a pitcher with a lot of upside. The dominant results have quietly been hidden in a season that looks good, but not great. The same situation exists for Luis Heredia and Cody Dickson. Neither player has strong overall numbers this year....

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