Minor Moves: Kelly Shoppach Released; Carlos Paulino Promoted
Aug28

Minor Moves: Kelly Shoppach Released; Carlos Paulino Promoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A and have promoted Carlos Paulino from Altoona to Indianapolis. Obviously there wasn’t any need in the majors for Shoppach with the recent addition of John Buck. The reason they acquired him was to give him a shot as the third catcher. With Shoppach gone, Paulino takes over as one of the catchers in Triple-A. He should stay there through the end of the...

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Jameson Taillon Effective for Seven Innings, Even Without Best Stuff
Jun28

Jameson Taillon Effective for Seven Innings, Even Without Best Stuff

Pirates’ top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon did not launch his fastball up to the high-90’s Thursday night in Akron like he has in the past. Taillon’s breaking ball was not missing bats, which meant he got his first and only strikeout in the 6th inning. Despite Altoona’s starter not having his best stuff, the overall outcome was still very good. Taillon needed just 91 pitches to tie a career-high seven...

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Top Performers: Power Surge For Willy Garcia; Mel Rojas Continues Hot Streak
Jun10

Top Performers: Power Surge For Willy Garcia; Mel Rojas Continues Hot Streak

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, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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Top Performers: Do the Pirates Have Anything With Felix Pie?

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, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates’ full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling despite a good rotation led by Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler and a red-hot Stolmy Pimentel.  The Curve is being undone by an extremely weak...

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