Prospect Watch: Polanco, Bell, and Lambo Homer; Liriano Makes Last Rehab Start

Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, HR: Jared Goedert, Andrew Lambo, Gregory Polanco, Josh Bell, Max Moroff

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Prospect Notebook: Looking Deeper at Another Group of Breakout Players in West Virginia

We are two weeks into the season, and once again it looks like West Virginia is the team to watch for breakout performers. The offense currently has four regulars with an .800 OPS or better. Other guys on the roster have potential and talent, but don’t have the numbers yet. It’s still early in the season, so some of those numbers could come up in a hurry. I’ve talked about the basic numbers a lot in the early part of...

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Top Performers: Stetson Allie’s Power Wasn’t the Most Impressive Thing This 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. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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Prospect Watch: Alex Presley Starts the Year With a Hot Bat

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, HR: Alex Presley, Mel Rojas

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Is West Virginia Primed For Another Year of Breakout Players?

I don’t like same-organization player comps. I think they’re lazy, and provide a very limited view. Yet we see them all the time. When the Pirates have a left-handed pitching prospect, he’s just the next Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The only reason he’s compared to those players is because that’s the frame of reference that Pirates fans have for a left-hander. This is the age of MLB.tv and internet stats, so...

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