Top 10 Hitters: Is Mel Rojas Finally Putting Things Together?
May12

Top 10 Hitters: Is Mel Rojas Finally Putting Things Together?

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. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Strikes Again, Mel Rojas Jr. With Walk-Off Hit
May09

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Strikes Again, Mel Rojas Jr. With Walk-Off Hit

While Indianapolis was on the road in Pawtucket, the highlights posted online were far and few between. Since they left, we have seen some nice videos on Gregory Polanco. On Wednesday, he got the Indians on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning. He just missed a homer, ending up with his ninth double of the season and his league leading 28th RBI. We featured a double the other day from Polanco and the two videos show...

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Prospect Highlights:  Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.
May08

Prospect Highlights: Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.

In yesterday’s highlights, we saw a double to the gap from Gregory Polanco, with him driving the ball the other way. He has great speed, but didn’t have to run hard to make it into second base. With that in mind, here is a little sample of Polanco showing off his speed. In Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Scranton/WB, he had an RBI single in the ninth inning, followed by him stealing second base and making it rather easily....

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First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?
May08

First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?

Injuries have been the unfortunate theme for the Pirates’ minor league system this year. Their top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, went down for the season with Tommy John surgery. Several other top ten prospects, including Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, have dealt with injuries this year. Most of the injuries are irrelevant in long-term considerations. For example, Meadows has had some setbacks with his hamstring, but...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Drives a Double to the Gap
May07

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Drives a Double to the Gap

From Monday night, this highlight was posted too late for yesterday’s article, so we present it today. Gregory Polanco hits a double into the left-center field gap to bring home Chris Dickerson in the ninth inning of a 7-6 loss for Indianapolis. The double was the eighth of the season for Polanco. It was also his fourth hit of the game and it raised his batting average at the time to .397, tops in the International League. He...

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