Carlos Munoz Named to the GCL All-Star Team
Sep05

Carlos Munoz Named to the GCL All-Star Team

The Gulf Coast League announced their post-season All-Star team today. The Pittsburgh Pirates had one player on the team, with first baseman Carlos Munoz getting the honors. Munoz hit for a .284/.377/.421 line in 197 at-bats this year, along with four homers and 15 doubles. The most impressive part of his game is that he had more walks (30) than strikeouts (16). This is actually the third year in a row that he accomplished this feat....

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Top 10 Hitters: Willy Garcia and the Other Talented Pirates Latin American Prospects
Jul28

Top 10 Hitters: Willy Garcia and the Other Talented Pirates Latin American Prospects

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, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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Prospect Highlights: A Pirates First Baseman With a Rare Talent
Jul20

Prospect Highlights: A Pirates First Baseman With a Rare Talent

The GCL Pirates have a first baseman in his fourth year of pro ball that displays a talent rarely seen in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ve pointed out a couple times during the year, that Altoona super-utility player Drew Maggi was the only hitter in the system, with significant at-bats, who had more walks than strikeouts. He recently slipped just under even, with 38 walks and 39 strikeouts right now. Down in the GCL...

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Top 10 Hitters: Alen Hanson Continues to Hit, But Defense Could Keep Him in Altoona
Jul14

Top 10 Hitters: Alen Hanson Continues to Hit, But Defense Could Keep Him in Altoona

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, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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Prospect Highlights: Two Cole Tucker At-Bats and Videos of Four Other GCL Pirates Players
Jul14

Prospect Highlights: Two Cole Tucker At-Bats and Videos of Four Other GCL Pirates Players

We have two at-bats from first round draft pick Cole Tucker, taken from Friday’s GCL game. It’s proof that baseball has a way of evening things out. In one at-bat, he hits the ball well and the right fielder makes a nice play to rob him. On the other, just a soft grounder up the middle that gets by the pitcher for a hit. That hit was the only one for Tucker in his last five games. His average to start Monday was down to...

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