Top Pirates Minor League Hitting Performances: Week Ending 8/19

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Only players with a 3.0 RC or better are included on the list below. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times,...

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After The Trade Deadline: Updated Top 20 Prospects

A lot has changed since we last updated the top 20 prospects rankings after the draft. Mark Appel didn’t sign. Starling Marte was promoted, and will most likely lose his prospect eligibility by the end of the year. The Pirates traded Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain. The short-season leagues started, giving us a look at what the younger prospects were working on in extended Spring Training. And some of those results...

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Jose Osuna Had Historic July For West Virginia

Pretty much all discussion about production in the West Virginia Power lineup starts with the names of shortstop Alen Hanson and outfielder Gregory Polanco. Jose Osuna, however, might need to be added to that list. Osuna, who primarily plays first base for West Virginia, had a historic July for the Power. His nine home runs in the month of July tied a club record previously set by Mat Gamel (May 2006), Stephen Chapman (July 2007) and...

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West Virginia Player Notes: Kingham, Hanson, Osuna, Polanco, Garcia, Montero

On the last day of the West Virginia series with the Lakewood Blueclaws, the Power took the game and the series, with a 4-1 victory. It was a quiet day from three of the four big bats in the lineup, but the other one was hitting the ball hard. Nick Kingham was on the mound to start the game, coming into the day with two straight appearances in which he threw six shutout innings. I’ll start the recap with Kingham’s day,...

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West Virginia Bats Get Shutdown; Von Rosenberg Not As Good As Stat Line

The West Virginia Power lost game two of their three game series with the Lakewood Blueclaws by a 2-0 score, one day after throwing their own shutout. Zack Von Rosenberg pitched the first six innings, giving up one run and taking the tough loss. He was followed by Ryan Hafner and Porfirio Lopez for one inning apiece. As usual with the West Virginia game reports, I’ll concentrate on the big four in the lineup and then add some...

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