Alen Hanson’s Defense Is Tough to Watch; Will It Ever Be Good?

I’ve written a lot this week not only on Alen Hanson’s defense, but on the defense of the entire Bradenton Marauders team. Overall the defense has been horrible in the early part of the season. The frustrating thing is that a large majority of the errors have come on routine plays. These aren’t cases where a guy ranges over and gets an error on a play that a slower guy would have missed. They’re routine plays...

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Winter Leagues Recap: 11/11

In Winter League action yesterday, Benji Gonzalez made his first start for Leones de Ponce, batting ninth and playing shortstop. He went 1-for-4, with a stolen base, a run scored and he turned two double plays. In Dominican League action, Oscar Tejada went 0-for-1 with a strikeout, while Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Neither Starling Marte, nor Gregory Polanco played yesterday, while Alen Hanson...

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Winter League Results: Daniel McCutchen Makes First Start

Here are the updates from the winter leagues over the last two days. **Daniel McCutchen made his debut in the Dominican League on Sunday, throwing four innings in a start. McCutchen gave up one earned run on six hits and three walks in the four innings, striking out three. The lone run came in the third inning, when McCutchen gave up a leadoff double, and an RBI single three batters later. McCutchen also issued all three of his walks...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/31/12

Jameson Taillon gets the start for Altoona tonight. Barring an unlikely promotion to Indianapolis for the playoffs, this will be his last game of the season. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs yesterday and will now go on to play the winner of the Yankees/Angels series in a best of three series for the DSL championship. The start date of that series is tentatively scheduled for Monday. The GCL Pirates won the GCL...

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Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/26

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was.┬áThe formula for...

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