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: Strikeout From Casey Sadler, More From JaCoby Jones
May15

Prospect Highlights: Strikeout From Casey Sadler, More From JaCoby Jones

On Wednesday, Casey Sadler gave up just one hit and one unearned run in six innings of work, as Indianapolis won 3-1 over Pawtucket. In the below video, Sadler picks up his seventh strikeout, finishing off his outing. He has always been a ground ball pitcher that works to contact, so the strikeout total is a high mark for him. In fact, the last time Sadler reached seven in a game was back in July of 2012 with Bradenton, when he set...

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First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?
May14

First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had more than their fair share of breakout prospects. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson stepped up in West Virginia in 2012. Tyler Glasnow emerged in 2013 at the same level. Guys like Nick Kingham, Stetson Allie, and Joely Rodriguez also improved their stock. The one thing about Polanco, Hanson, and Glasnow is that they were not only breakout prospects on a local level, but they were...

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Prospect Highlights: Homers From Gregory Polanco and JaCoby Jones
May13

Prospect Highlights: Homers From Gregory Polanco and JaCoby Jones

In yesterday’s Indianapolis game, Gregory Polanco hit his fifth homer of the season. He had two hits in the game, including his tenth double and he also drew a walk. Polanco leads all Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players with 19 extra base hits and a 1.015 OPS. From Sunday’s West Virginia game, JaCoby Jones hits a solo homer over the Greenville Monster in left field. He is having a pretty good first full season in the...

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Prospect Watch: Locke Has a Great Start; Hanson, Jones, and Rojas Homer
May12

Prospect Watch: Locke Has a Great Start; Hanson, Jones, and Rojas Homer

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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