AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014
Oct03

AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014

Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out of the bullpen in High A Bradenton, posting a 2.49 ERA with a 41/9 k/bb rate in 50.2 innings pitched. This success...

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Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect
Aug29

Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect

As 2014 is coming to a close, one prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system is progressing as well as any player within the organization. Right fielder Willy Garcia, just 21 years old and playing in his first full season for the Double-A Altoona Curve, has taken major strides this season defensively, as well as in the batter’s box. Willy Garcia is known for his power potential, demonstrated by his 50 extra base hits,...

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Prospect Report: Nick Kingham’s Drop in Velocity and Increase in Walks
May25

Prospect Report: Nick Kingham’s Drop in Velocity and Increase in Walks

Despite finally picking up some of the recognition he deserves, Nick Kingham isn’t letting anything outside of the field affect his game. “I don’t put any pressure on myself,” Kingham said. “I feel like the game puts enough pressure on you just to go out and do whatever you know how to do, and know your role. Just be yourself out there.” The 22-year-old prospect started to creep into the national media’s eyesight over the...

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Prospect Reports: Adrian Sampson Searching for Consistency
May20

Prospect Reports: Adrian Sampson Searching for Consistency

Bringing up the name Adrian Sampson won’t ring many bells across the baseball world. Most fans, including some that follow the Pirates, likely have never heard of the 2012 5th round pick. He didn’t receive an excessive signing bonus when drafted, and he wasn’t particularly effective in 140 innings in High-A last year. That all seems like it is about to change for the young Pirates right-hander. The only ranking Sampson received from a...

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Jeff Locke Optioned to Double-A Altoona
Aug28

Jeff Locke Optioned to Double-A Altoona

As a part of the moves made to clear space for the arrivals of Marlon Byrd and John Buck, Jeff Locke has been optioned to Double-A Altoona, joining Tony Sanchez. The move to option the players allows the Pirates to have them back on the major-league roster next Tuesday as the organization anticipates the Curve’s season ending Monday. Neal Huntington: “This move allows us to give Jeff a short break. It also allows a Tony...

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