Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?
Aug08

Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft is a big topic every year. In the past, the draft has led to some big finds, such as Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, and of course Roberto Clemente. In recent years, the draft has been less likely to see impact guys get taken. This is a result of MLB allowing teams an extra year before players were eligible for the draft, which happened back in 2006. It’s pretty easy to fit eligible Rule 5 guys on a roster these days....

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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: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona
Jul24

Prospect Highlights: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona

On Wednesday afternoon, the Altoona Curve won 8-5 over New Britain and they did it behind an early power surge. Leading off the second inning, Keon Broxton hit his tenth homer of the season. Gift Ngoepe came up next and belted his eighth homer of the year. The next batter was catcher Carlos Paulino and he hit his first home run for Altoona this year. All three homers are in one highlight below. Your browser does not support iframes....

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Top 10 Hitters: Alen Hanson Continues to Hit, But Defense Could Keep Him in Altoona
Jul14

Top 10 Hitters: Alen Hanson Continues to Hit, But Defense Could Keep Him in Altoona

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: Homers From Tony Sanchez and Gift Ngoepe, Jaff Decker’s Web Gem
Jul11

Prospect Highlights: Homers From Tony Sanchez and Gift Ngoepe, Jaff Decker’s Web Gem

Yesterday, we posted an article about the recent struggles of Tony Sanchez, who has seen his average drop to .203 through 41 games in Indianapolis. He batted .145 in the month of June, but has picked things up a little in July. Yesterday, he went 1-for-5 with two walks in a doubleheader. That one hit was a big one, a three-run homer seen below. It was the sixth homer for Sanchez in AAA and eighth on the season. Your browser does not...

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