Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie and JaCoby Jones Lead a Night of Home Runs
Apr08

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie and JaCoby Jones Lead a Night of Home Runs

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ¬†Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level
Apr03

First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level

The 2014 Minor League baseball season begins today. John Dreker has a schedule of the Opening Day starters in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, with Nick Kingham being the highlight in Altoona. We will be releasing our previews of each level in the morning, and starting the nightly Prospect Watch after all of the day’s games are over. To prepare for the season, let’s take a look at two breakout candidates from...

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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Develop Talent? It Appears So.
Mar14

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Develop Talent? It Appears So.

It was a little over a year ago that there existed some big questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ability to draft and develop players. Most of the questions surrounding the minors were spilled over frustration from the collapse that the major league team suffered. It seemed to convenient to just throw in “and there’s no help on the way from the minors” at the end of every doomsday story about the...

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How Ryan Hafner Became a Pitching Prospect to Watch
Mar13

How Ryan Hafner Became a Pitching Prospect to Watch

Last year in West Virginia, all of the pitching focus was on Tyler Glasnow, who impressed with a 36.3% strikeout rate in his big breakout season. Meanwhile, Ryan Hafner quietly put together a dominant season out of the bullpen, working a long relief role where he threw 87 innings on the year. In that time, Hafner had a 26.9% strikeout rate, and posted a pretty dominant 3.00 ERA. Following that strong season, the Pirates will be moving...

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2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct23

2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second straight year, the West Virginia Power featured the biggest breakout prospects in the system. Last year it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson who broke out. This year it was Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie. Along with those two, West Virginia had one of the most talented groups of prospects in the system this year. That was fueled by a strong pitching staff with ten players who have hit 93 MPH or better, and four...

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