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

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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Taillon Overpowers Richmond Flying Squirrels in 7-0 Victory

The Altoona Curve defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-0 on Sunday night behind an impressive start from heralded prospect Jameson Taillon.  The 2010 first-round draft pick moved to 2-0 in his two starts since moving to AA Altoona, going six scoreless innings while striking out seven with no walks.  In his two starts, Taillon has a posted a line of 11 innings pitched, five hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, and 13 strikeouts.  Tonight, he struck...

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Matt Curry and Dan Gamache Were the Top Hitters in the System Last Week

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. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team. There are many formulas...

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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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Altoona Wins Two With Great Performances From Irwin, Cumpton, and Curry

The Altoona Curve saw back-to-back solid starting pitching performances Friday night in Altoona for the doubleheader against New Hampshire. Right-handers Phil Irwin and Brandon Cumpton shined on the bump combining for just one earned run over 13.0 innings. First baseman Matt Curry drove in four runs on his 24th birthday in game two as the club took both games at People’s Natural Gas Field.   Phil Irwin Phil Irwin was...

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