Three Cases That Show It’s Not Always About Stats in the Minors
Jul19

Three Cases That Show It’s Not Always About Stats in the Minors

We focus a lot on the statistical side of things on this site. Whether that’s trying to put a number on a player’s trade value, looking past the ERA and projecting what a player could do based on his FIP numbers, or just focusing on how good or bad a player’s numbers are, the statistical approach is heavy. There’s a reason for that. The stats are extremely important. They tell you exactly how a player is doing...

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Prospect Report: Mel Rojas adjusts to the Triple-A level
Jun04

Prospect Report: Mel Rojas adjusts to the Triple-A level

When Chris Dickerson went on the disabled list last week with a heel injury, Mel Rojas, Jr. benefited by earning a promotion to Triple-A and his listed hometown of Indianapolis. “This is a good level to be on,” Rojas said. “There are a lot of guys with experience here and I am sure that I am going to learn a lot from them.” In his first Triple-A at bat, Rojas picked up an infield single. In his second game, on Sunday, he added a pair...

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Top 10 Hitters: A Week Profiling Depth and Trade Deadline Candidates
Jun02

Top 10 Hitters: A Week Profiling Depth and Trade Deadline Candidates

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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Mel Rojas Promoted to Indianapolis
May30

Mel Rojas Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted outfielder Mel Rojas to Indianapolis following tonight’s Altoona Curve game, Cory Giger reports. #AltoonaCurve's best player, OF Mel Rojas Jr., promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis after game. Makes sense with Lambo hurt, & Mel deserves it. — Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) May 31, 2014 Indianapolis is going to need outfield help. They just lost Chris Dickerson to the disabled list today. It...

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First Pitch: Along With Gregory Polanco, Who Should Be Promoted Soon?
May28

First Pitch: Along With Gregory Polanco, Who Should Be Promoted Soon?

In about two weeks, Gregory Polanco could be playing in the majors. The month of June is usually when we start to see a lot of promotions throughout the minor league system, and sometimes the promotions are a chain reaction. Once Polanco moves up, that opens a spot in Indianapolis for an outfielder from Altoona. The newly vacated spot in Altoona opens a spot for someone to move up from Bradenton. And so on. Usually you will see the...

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