Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base
Oct16

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates have tried a platoon with Garrett Jones for the past three seasons. In 2011 they brought in Matt Diaz and tried to platoon both players in right field. Jones held up his end of the platoon, with an .808 OPS against right-handers. Diaz didn’t hold up his end, with a .704 OPS against left-handers. What made matters worse was that Lyle Overbay struggled at first base, leading to Jones getting more playing...

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P3 Episode 18: Prospect Talk With Pirates Farm Director Larry Broadway
Aug23

P3 Episode 18: Prospect Talk With Pirates Farm Director Larry Broadway

Episode 18 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. We moved the major league show back this week, due to James Santelli being on the West Coast covering the Pirates. Instead, I was joined by Pirates Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway, who discussed several of the top prospects in the system. Highlights of the show include: **We were recording at McKechnie Field in Bradenton during a rain...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson and Stetson Allie Homer
Aug15

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson and Stetson Allie Homer

Top Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, HR: Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, Stetson Allie

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Prospect Notebook: Can Josh Bell Be a Future Power Hitter in the Majors?
Aug13

Prospect Notebook: Can Josh Bell Be a Future Power Hitter in the Majors?

The West Virginia Power played a total of 12 games in Lakewood this year, so I got to see a little more of the team than usual. Early in the season, it was the power display by Stetson Allie and the pitching of Tyler Glasnow that impressed me the most. As the season went on, I noticed improvements each start from Clay Holmes and better hitting from Josh Bell, particularly in this last series for both of them. Below I’ll give my...

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie’s Strikeouts Are a Concern
Aug12

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie’s Strikeouts Are a Concern

Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, HR: None

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