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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Prospect Highlights: Walk-Off From Mel Rojas Jr, Elias Diaz Plates Two
Aug03

Prospect Highlights: Walk-Off From Mel Rojas Jr, Elias Diaz Plates Two

Mel Rojas Jr had a nifty piece of hitting in the tenth inning last night, which ended up winning the game for Indianapolis. He squares around to bunt, but as the pitch comes, he pulls the bat back and lines a game-winning double down the third base line. Since being called up to Indianapolis, Rojas has a .287/.373/.381 slash line in 57 games. One problem with his game has always been too many strikeouts and not enough walks. His...

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