2012 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Indianapolis was one of the most successful teams in the Pirates’ system this year, fueled by Starling Marte and a strong pitching staff. By the time the playoffs came around, all of the players who got them to the post-season had been promoted to the majors, which resulted in a first round loss. Here are the results from the individual players, as well as the top ten prospects at the level this year. The Hitters The top hitting...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Shows Patience, Fuesser Dominates

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with two walks, pushing his off-season walk total to seven in just 11 games. He has a .333/.429/.571 line in 42 AB’s, with two homers and two stolen bases. He is playing for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican League. In other Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He has a .288 average and .762 OPS in 66 AB’s. Andy Vasquez...

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Winter League Recap: Polanco and Marte Have Strong Debuts

Catching up on the winter league action over the last two days, as two of the top young players in the system made their winter league debuts this weekend. **Gregory Polanco made his debut in the Dominican League. On Saturday he went 2-for-4 with a double. On Sunday he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. **Starling Marte made his debut in the Dominican League yesterday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. **Daniel McCutchen gave up...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Center Field

The Pirates watched as Andrew McCutchen put together an impressive 2012 season while roaming center field. When he wasn’t hitting a career-high 31 bombs –which lead the team — or setting another career-high in batting average (.327), McCutchen was showing off his speed in the spacious outfield by making diving plays. The 26-year-old, who was named to his second straight All-Star game, played in 156 games for...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Corner Outfield

In Spring Training, the corner outfield position looked to be an easy lock for the Pirates. Alex Presley would break big league camp for the first time in his career and play left, with Jose Tabata playing in right field. Presley was coming off a .298 average during his rookie season in 2011, which earned him the Opening Day job. Tabata missed a lot last season due to injuries, but healthy in spring, Pittsburgh left Bradenton with him...

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