Prospect Watch: Polanco Has a Three Hit Night; Hanson and Garcia Homer

Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, Top Hitter: Felix Pie, HR: Lucas May, Willy Garcia, Alen Hanson

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Tony Sanchez is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For May

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of May. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not...

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Top Performers: Do the Pirates Have Anything With Felix Pie?

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 Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

It’s received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles.  Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who could be useful in the majors under the right circumstances, usually injuries.  Indianapolis is no different this year.  Although minor league W/L records...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Making Progress, But Still Needs Those Strikeouts

At the start of the year, the expectation from most Pirates fans was for Gerrit Cole to go to Triple-A as a formality, just long enough to get an extra year of control and avoid Super Two status. As it turned out, Cole had some work to do at the level before he could be considered for the majors. In his first four starts, the right-hander dealt with command issues, leading to long innings. Cole wasn’t giving up a lot of runs,...

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