Three Cases That Show It’s Not Always About Stats in the Minors
Jul19

Three Cases That Show It’s Not Always About Stats in the Minors

We focus a lot on the statistical side of things on this site. Whether that’s trying to put a number on a player’s trade value, looking past the ERA and projecting what a player could do based on his FIP numbers, or just¬†focusing on how good or bad a player’s numbers are, the statistical approach is heavy. There’s a reason for that. The stats are extremely important. They tell you exactly how a player is doing...

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Top 10 Hitters: Is JaCoby Jones a Candidate For a Mid-Season Promotion?
Jul07

Top 10 Hitters: Is JaCoby Jones a Candidate For a Mid-Season Promotion?

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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Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game
Jul07

Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game

The Eastern League All-Star rosters have been announced, and the Altoona Curve will be sending six players to the game. Right handed pitchers Adrian Sampson and Ryan Beckman, catcher Elias Diaz, outfielder Willy Garcia, shortstop Alen Hanson, and infielder/outfielder Drew Maggi have all been selected to the game. This is the third All-Star selection for Hanson, and the first for every other player. The game will be hosted in Altoona...

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Prospect Highlights: First AAA Homer For Rojas, Double From Stetson Allie
Jul01

Prospect Highlights: First AAA Homer For Rojas, Double From Stetson Allie

On Monday night, Mel Rojas Jr. hit his first home run since being promoted to Indianapolis. He has been hitting well since his promotion, batting an even .300 through 28 games, with an .811 OPS. On the season, Rojas is hitting .302/.382/.439 in 285 at-bats, with six homers and seven stolen bases. Two Altoona highlights from the past few days. The first is an RBI double from Stetson Allie, his 11th double of the season. He also has 12...

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Prospect Highlights: Hits From Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz, Thoughts on Both Players
Jun27

Prospect Highlights: Hits From Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz, Thoughts on Both Players

Below are two hits from Altoona right fielder Willy Garcia and one from catcher Elias Diaz. Garcia is the flashier of the two players and younger, but Diaz just might be the better prospect of the two players. Garcia is a toolsy outfielder, with a cannon for an arm, good speed and he can hit for power. He has the one major flaw though, that is usually a deal-breaker when it comes to Major League success, a horrible BB/K rate. Last...

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