Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Extends Hit Streak, Gift Ngoepe’s Defense
Jun15

Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Extends Hit Streak, Gift Ngoepe’s Defense

Alen Hanson extended his hit streak to 11 games last night with this third inning single that scored Jarek Cunningham. Hanson is hitting .372 during the streak and is now tied for the Curve lead with 36 RBIs. He’s tied with Mel Rojas Jr, who has been promoted, so Hanson will soon have that top spot to himself. Considering the fact he is in the lead-off spot often, that is an impressive total. Hanson also leads the team in hits,...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Short and Long Term at Shortstop
May17

First Pitch: The Pirates Short and Long Term at Shortstop

Today I wrote about Jordy Mercer and how I think he’s going to bounce back offensively this year. He may already be in the process of doing just that, but I don’t want to put too much stock on his recent hot streak, which is a sample size of six games. If Mercer doesn’t bounce back, then the Pirates once again find themselves in trouble at the shortstop position. That’s not an uncommon thing, as shortstop is...

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Prospect Highlights: Home Runs From Stetson Allie and Gift Ngoepe
May16

Prospect Highlights: Home Runs From Stetson Allie and Gift Ngoepe

It was a slow day on MiLB.com for highlights of prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, so we go back a few days to the home runs from Tuesday by Stetson Allie and Gift Ngoepe. WJAC uploaded a highlight video on YouTube and as you can see, Ngoepe showed some impressive pop from a little man at the top of the order. It was his third home run of the season, while Allie hit his seventh, which leads all Pirates minor league players....

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night
May14

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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The Best Gift Ngoepe Update, Ever
May09

The Best Gift Ngoepe Update, Ever

I’m pretty sure that he was given the name Gift Ngoepe just for this commercial. Enjoy. (h/t Benjamin Hill)

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