Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers; Lakind Converted to Pitching

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released the following six players, per a team press release. Alex Lukashevich, RHP – Had an 0.47 ERA in 19 innings last year, but his advanced numbers didn’t look as good. He throws in the low-to-mid 80s. The Pirates signed Lukashevich out of Belarus in 2010. Porfirio Lopez, LHP – Lopez was unlike a lot of the international lefties in the system in that he could throw 88-92 MPH. He also...

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State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The Spikes didn’t have many standout young hitting prospects. Most of the younger prospects skipped over State College this year and went directly to West Virginia. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, and Willy Garcia all played in the GCL last year, and a few of them stopped briefly in State College at the end of the year before moving on to West Virginia this season. Below are the stats from each hitter in State College,...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Five Innings, Hafner’s Spring Debut

Right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched five innings today at Pirate City, going up against the Philadelphia Phillies’ A-ball team. Cole gave up just one run on five hits, with the run coming in the first inning. The top prospect didn’t issue a walk and struck out three. Cole threw 65 pitches, with 45 going for strikes. His fastball speed ranged from 91-98, with his two-seam fastball being responsible for the lower half...

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2011 GCL Pirates Preview: Position Players

The GCL Pirates began their season on Monday.  Below is a look at the position players who will start the year on the 2011 GCL roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the pitchers. Catcher Joey Schoenfeld returns to the Gulf Coast League, after spending parts of the last two seasons at the level.  Schoenfeld was a 10th round pick in the 2009 draft, and signed late, only getting 14 at-bats at the level.  Last year he...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona, Indianapolis, and Bradenton infields so far.  The final full season team to cover is the West Virginia Power. Here is a look at each position, with an attempt to try and figure out the opening day roster at the end. Catcher The top catching prospects in the lower level are Elias Diaz and Joey Schoenfeld.  Both catchers spent time in the Gulf Coast League, and both could move up to full season ball this...

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