Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson
Aug27

Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending five players to the Arizona Fall League, led by top infield prospect Alen Hanson. The players are: Zack Thornton, RHP – Thornton was acquired for Chris Resop, and has spent time with Indianapolis, Altoona, and Bradenton. In his time with Altoona he has a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings, with an 11.3 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9 ratio. Those are some dominant numbers, and he has the chance to be a sleeper middle...

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Prospect Watch: Pimentel Struggles in Latest Start; Dickerson Hits 16th Homer
Aug26

Prospect Watch: Pimentel Struggles in Latest Start; Dickerson Hits 16th Homer

Top Pitcher: Joan Montero, Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, HR: Jared Goedert, Jarek Cunningham, Alex Dickerson

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Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem
Aug21

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His follow up performance didn’t disappoint. Ludwig once again went seven innings, giving up one run on...

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Top Performers: Gregory Polanco is Adjusting Well to Double-A
Aug19

Top Performers: Gregory Polanco is Adjusting Well to Double-A

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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The Upcoming Rule 5 and Minor League Free Agency Eligible Players
Jul06

The Upcoming Rule 5 and Minor League Free Agency Eligible Players

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions wondering who is Rule 5 eligible in the upcoming year. In the past that question would be asked with the focus on building for the future. This year the questions have been geared more towards trading from the Rule 5 eligible players at the deadline in order to add to the major league team. The idea is that the Pirates will have a lot of players to protect since they’ve got a...

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