Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does
Aug21

Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does

It takes a special blend of power and speed to do what Alen Hanson has done this year at the plate and on the bases. He has reached double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases. The last Pirates players to accomplish that in the minors were Starling Marte and Hanson in 2012. Before that, Alex Presley did it during his breakout season in 2010 and then you have to go back to 2005 and Craig Stansberry for another example....

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Top 10 Hitters: Meadows Starting to Live Up to Expectations
Aug12

Top 10 Hitters: Meadows Starting to Live Up to Expectations

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, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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Prospect Highlights: Big Hits From Two Outfield Prospects
Aug12

Prospect Highlights: Big Hits From Two Outfield Prospects

Mel Rojas Jr had an RBI  double on Sunday, shown below. Between Altoona and Indianapolis this season, he has a .299/.378/.439 slash line in 114 games. Rojas has played five seasons in the Pirates system since being drafted in the third round in 2010. He has set career highs this year in RBIs, homers and walks and will likely end up with more hits, total bases and runs, plus finish with his highest average, slugging percentage and OBP....

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Prospect Watch: Buddy Borden Strikes Out Ten, Huge Offensive Numbers Around the System
Aug09

Prospect Watch: Buddy Borden Strikes Out Ten, Huge Offensive Numbers Around the System

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Prospect Highlights: Starling Marte Doubles, Rojas Homers, First Look at Angel Sanchez
Aug04

Prospect Highlights: Starling Marte Doubles, Rojas Homers, First Look at Angel Sanchez

The title is “Prospect” Highlights, but occasionally we get some minor league footage of non-prospects in here. Sometimes it’s just players that make great plays like this outstanding catch from Chase d’Arnaud the other day. Other times it’s Major League players on rehab like Starling Marte today. He played his second game with Indianapolis yesterday as he comes back from the concussion he received a...

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