First Pitch: Some Tough Questions to Answer in the Upcoming Prospect Rankings

A question I get a lot these days is “why isn’t Stetson Allie in your top 20?” The answer is that we don’t update the top 20 until after the MLB draft. The rankings that we display on the Prospect Watch each night are the pre-season rankings. There have been a few changes. Stolmy Pimentel was added when Justin Wilson made the majors at the start of the year. Pimentel wasn’t in the system when we compiled...

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Prospect Watch: Wood and Cunningham Homer, Navarro and Rodriguez Go Six

Top Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, Top Hitter: Eric Wood, HR: Jarek Cunningham, Eric Wood

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Wood Walks Off, Barnes Hurt in West Virginia Win

West Virginia squandered an early opportunity but escaped Appalachian Power Park with a win against visiting Greensboro in the most exciting of ways. The Power managed just one run from a bases loaded, no outs situation in the first inning but got a walk off home run from third baseman Eric Wood for its 11th win of the season. Wood and Dilson Herrera each had three hits in the game (and were two of only four West Virginia players with...

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Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Quietly Having a Strong Season

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 Notebook: Looking Deeper at Another Group of Breakout Players in West Virginia

We are two weeks into the season, and once again it looks like West Virginia is the team to watch for breakout performers. The offense currently has four regulars with an .800 OPS or better. Other guys on the roster have potential and talent, but don’t have the numbers yet. It’s still early in the season, so some of those numbers could come up in a hurry. I’ve talked about the basic numbers a lot in the early part of...

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