Prospect Watch: Alex Presley Starts the Year With a Hot Bat

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, HR: Alex Presley, Mel Rojas

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Nick Kingham Gets Too Comfortable With His Fastball In Marauders Loss

Nick Kingham got off to a good start early in his high-A debut. He retired his first nine batters in order, getting three strikeouts in the process. Kingham was in total command, allowing only one ball to leave the infield, and getting a lot of ground ball outs. Then the right-hander ran into trouble in the fourth inning. After giving up a leadoff double, Kingham allowed a single through the hole on the left side. Alen Hanson was...

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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Get Impact Talent to the Upper Levels?

Today I previewed the 2013 Indianapolis Indians and Altoona Curve. Tomorrow I’ll go over the Bradenton Marauders and the West Virginia Power. In writing the previews, there’s one thing I noticed about the talent in the upper levels and the lower levels. That’s the difference in talent between the two groups. The upper levels have some talent. Gerrit Cole is in Triple-A. Jameson Taillon is in Double-A. But...

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Prospect Notebook: Seeing Two Pitchers For the First Time; Brewer Hits 95

Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I’ve seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn’t pitch in the GCL, so I didn’t get to see him throw. Today, both pitchers were on the mound in the low-A game against the Toronto farm system. Here are my...

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Pirates Have Seven Prospects in John Sickels’ Top 150

John Sickels released his top 150 prospects today, and has seven Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on the list. The list can be found here, as well as the thought process that goes into the list. Gerrit Cole came in at fifth overall on the list, finishing as the second best pitcher behind Dylan Bundy (3). Next up was Jameson Taillon, who came in at number 17. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were back to back, and both made the top 50....

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