Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base
Sep05

Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base

Today is the 78th birthday of Pittsburgh Pirates’ legendary second baseman Bill Mazeroski, so what better day to take a quick look at the depth at second base in the Pirates’ system. As a side note, you can read a bio of Mazeroski here, which was posted two years ago today on the blog site. The depth at second base obviously starts with Alen Hanson, who is the only top prospect among second baseman in the system right now....

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Morning Report: What Kind of Upside Does Erich Weiss Possess?
Aug31

Morning Report: What Kind of Upside Does Erich Weiss Possess?

Last year, The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Erich Weiss in the 11th round out of Texas and he was the last player they signed. They gave him a $305,000 bonus, which put them over their draft bonus pool, costing the team approximately $75,000 in penalty taxes on top of the bonus amount. It was a surprising total because Weiss really struggled his junior year and he didn’t seem to have huge upside. This season, Weiss has a...

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Top 10 Hitters: Willy Garcia and the Other Talented Pirates Latin American Prospects
Jul28

Top 10 Hitters: Willy Garcia and the Other Talented Pirates Latin American Prospects

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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Prospect Highlights: In the Batting Cage With Reese McGuire
Jun22

Prospect Highlights: In the Batting Cage With Reese McGuire

During the South Atlantic League All-Star game this week, Big League Futures took video of batting practice and has some excellent footage on Reese McGuire in the cage. Below you will find a two minute video on McGuire, followed by slow-motion footage of McGuire and Erich Weiss, so you can get a good feel for their swings. I’ve seen McGuire play the last three games and if I knew nothing about him, I wouldn’t rate him as a...

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Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss Named To SAL All-Star Game
Jun03

Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss Named To SAL All-Star Game

The South Atlantic League All-Stars were announced this morning and the West Virginia Power will send two players to the game. Catcher Reese McGuire and second baseman Erich Weiss were named to the squad. McGuire missed some time in late April/early May and was hitting .222 at the time. He has been on fire since returning, compiling a 19-game hit streak that was snapped last night. He hit .333 in 22 games in May and currently has a...

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