Top Performers: Bell and Allie Finish the First Half Strong at the Plate

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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Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gerrit Cole

We usually release our mid-season prospect rankings right after the MLB draft. This not only shows the updated rankings with half of the minor league season in the books, but it also shows where the new draft picks fit in. This year we held the rankings for a few days due to Gerrit Cole making his major league debut. Cole was included in the rankings that were submitted, and was the consensus choice as the top prospect in the system....

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have the Top Farm System?

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close. Passan went on to highlight all of the usual names. He didn’t mention Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but did mention Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. He focused a lot on Tyler...

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Injury Update: Herrera Back Wednesday for West Virginia

Dilson Herrera was not in the West Virginia Power lineup on Tuesday after being hit by a pitch during the team’s recent road trip to Lakewood (N.J.), however he is not expected to miss any more time. “Dilson got hit in the shoulder in Lakewood so we gave him an extra day after the day off,” West Virginia manager Mike Ryan said. “He’ll be in there tomorrow.” Ashley Ponce took Herrera’s usual...

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Six West Virginia Power Players Named To SAL All-Star Team

On Tuesday morning, the South Atlantic League named six West Virginia Power players to the All-Star game, which will be played on June 18th in Lakewood. Getting the honors for the Power are, Stetson Allie, Josh Bell, Walker Gourley, Dilson Herrera, Tyler Glasnow and Orlando Castro. Stetson Allie is leading the SAL with 16 homers, 54 RBIs, 72 hits, 136 total bases, a .642 slugging percentage and a 1.060 OPS. The big first baseman is...

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