Polanco and Herrera Named Topps Minor League Players of the Year

Topps has released their Minor League Players of the Year awards for each of the individual leagues throughout minor league baseball, and two Pirates prospects were recognized for their respective leagues. Gregory Polanco was named the Player of the Year for the South Atlantic League, while Dilson Herrera was named the Player of the Year for the Gulf Coast League. Polanco hit for a .325/.388/.522 line in 437 at-bats in West Virginia...

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Winter League Recap: Polanco and Marte Have Strong Debuts

Catching up on the winter league action over the last two days, as two of the top young players in the system made their winter league debuts this weekend. **Gregory Polanco made his debut in the Dominican League. On Saturday he went 2-for-4 with a double. On Sunday he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. **Starling Marte made his debut in the Dominican League yesterday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. **Daniel McCutchen gave up...

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Polanco and Hanson Make the South Atlantic League Top 20

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2012 South Atlantic League today. It’s no surprise that Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both made the list, with both prospects ending up in the top 10. The list can be viewed here, and scouting reports can be viewed here. Despite Hanson getting most of the attention this year, Polanco was ranked higher, coming in at number three on the list. Baseball America noted that...

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West Virginia Power 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete West Virginia Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects 1t. Alen Hanson, SS 1t. Gregory Polanco, OF I had a tough time picking the top prospect from this pair. In a tiered ranking system, they’d both be in the same group. When it comes to picking between them, it’s splitting hairs. Offensively, the difference is minimal. Polanco was more consistent this year, and hit for a better average. Hanson hit for more...

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Pirates Have Six in MLB.com’s Updated Top 100 Prospects

MLB.com has updated their top 100 prospects list, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have six players making the rankings. Gerrit Cole leads the group, coming in at number eight. That’s a three spot improvement for Cole, who was ranked 11th coming in to the year. Jameson Taillon was next on the list, coming in at number 16. Taillon was ranked eighth coming in to the year. Both players have been passed this year by guys ranked lower in...

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