Is West Virginia Primed For Another Year of Breakout Players?

I don’t like same-organization player comps. I think they’re lazy, and provide a very limited view. Yet we see them all the time. When the Pirates have a left-handed pitching prospect, he’s just the next Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The only reason he’s compared to those players is because that’s the frame of reference that Pirates fans have for a left-hander. This is the age of MLB.tv and internet stats, so...

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Prospect Notebook: Josh Bell Has Been Working Out at IMG Academy

The 2012 season was supposed to be the first full pro season for top outfield prospect Josh Bell. Instead, the outfielder went down early in the season with a knee injury. After undergoing MCL surgery, he was expected back by August. Some swelling in the knee held him out longer, causing him to miss the remainder of the season, as well as the instructional league games. The outfielder underwent Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to speed up...

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State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The Spikes didn’t have many standout young hitting prospects. Most of the younger prospects skipped over State College this year and went directly to West Virginia. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, and Willy Garcia all played in the GCL last year, and a few of them stopped briefly in State College at the end of the year before moving on to West Virginia this season. Below are the stats from each hitter in State College,...

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GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete GCL Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects When rating prospects this low in the minors, it’s all about potential. These players are so far off that it’s impossible to come up with player comps, or a range for their ceiling and floor in the majors. Some of these players might not even make the majors, as it’s a long path from the GCL. These rankings are based more on tools and potential, with some...

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GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The Gulf Coast League is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. The parks are huge, and the weather can be brutal, playing at noon every day in Florida during some of the most humid months of the year. That’s one thing to keep in mind when looking at these stats. The good performances become even more impressive when you consider the pitcher friendly factors, and the poor performances come with that disclaimer...

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