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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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits Fourth Homer in Last Four Days
Aug24

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits Fourth Homer in Last Four Days

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does
Aug21

Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does

It takes a special blend of power and speed to do what Alen Hanson has done this year at the plate and on the bases. He has reached double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases. The last Pirates players to accomplish that in the minors were Starling Marte and Hanson in 2012. Before that, Alex Presley did it during his breakout season in 2010 and then you have to go back to 2005 and Craig Stansberry for another example....

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Top 10 Pitchers: Glasnow Leads Amazing Week; Heredia Might Be Turning Things Around
Aug19

Top 10 Pitchers: Glasnow Leads Amazing Week; Heredia Might Be Turning Things Around

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Morning Report: High-Priced Arm Has a Tough Debut
Aug14

Morning Report: High-Priced Arm Has a Tough Debut

Down in the Gulf Coast League on Wednesday afternoon, 11th round draft pick Gage Hinsz quietly made his pro debut. He went 1.2 innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on two hits and one walk, with one strikeout. His first inning started out rough, though it wasn’t totally his fault. Before he knew it, one batter had reached on an error, then moved up on a passed ball, before scoring on a double. Hinsz gave up another double and...

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