First Pitch: Pirates System Will Have Some Difficult Catching Decisions in 2015
Aug10

First Pitch: Pirates System Will Have Some Difficult Catching Decisions in 2015

We’ve written a lot this week about the catcher position, with a few articles on Elias Diaz having a breakout season in Altoona, along with some focus on a few lower level players who are having good seasons. The Pittsburgh Pirates have collected a lot of catching prospects, especially in the lower levels. The result is that they’re looking at a lot of tough roster decisions in Bradenton and West Virginia next year. They...

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Hits 15th Homer, Tony Sanchez Hits 8th Homer
Jul29

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Hits 15th Homer, Tony Sanchez Hits 8th Homer

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. 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: Taking a Look at Some of the Pirates Catching Depth
Jul15

Prospect Highlights: Taking a Look at Some of the Pirates Catching Depth

With the top two teams in the minors on their All-Star break now, the highlights from Altoona and Indianapolis will be light for the next few days. Yesterday, we focused on some GCL players, including first round pick Cole Tucker. Today, we take a look at some catchers in the system, with two clips from Tony Sanchez, who has been on a recent hot streak. The other catcher is near the bottom of the minor league ladder, but interesting...

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Top 10 Hitters: Alen Hanson Continues to Hit, But Defense Could Keep Him in Altoona
Jul14

Top 10 Hitters: Alen Hanson Continues to Hit, But Defense Could Keep Him in Altoona

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: Homers From Tony Sanchez and Gift Ngoepe, Jaff Decker’s Web Gem
Jul11

Prospect Highlights: Homers From Tony Sanchez and Gift Ngoepe, Jaff Decker’s Web Gem

Yesterday, we posted an article about the recent struggles of Tony Sanchez, who has seen his average drop to .203 through 41 games in Indianapolis. He batted .145 in the month of June, but has picked things up a little in July. Yesterday, he went 1-for-5 with two walks in a doubleheader. That one hit was a big one, a three-run homer seen below. It was the sixth homer for Sanchez in AAA and eighth on the season. Your browser does not...

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