First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have the Top Farm System?

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close. Passan went on to highlight all of the usual names. He didn’t mention Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but did mention Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. He focused a lot on Tyler...

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Six West Virginia Power Players Named To SAL All-Star Team

On Tuesday morning, the South Atlantic League named six West Virginia Power players to the All-Star game, which will be played on June 18th in Lakewood. Getting the honors for the Power are, Stetson Allie, Josh Bell, Walker Gourley, Dilson Herrera, Tyler Glasnow and Orlando Castro. Stetson Allie is leading the SAL with 16 homers, 54 RBIs, 72 hits, 136 total bases, a .642 slugging percentage and a 1.060 OPS. The big first baseman is...

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Top Performers: Gerrit Cole Is Finally the Top Weekly Performer

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

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Prospect Notebook: Allie And Glasnow Top West Virginia Series Recap

I had a chance to see the West Virginia Power play four games in Lakewood this weekend, posting game recaps each night highlighting the better prospects on the team. With four days of watching them all play, it’s time to give my impressions of the series and the players. With Jake Burnette going to the bullpen, I actually got to see all five starters pitch. I also had the great opportunity to sit down and talk about the team...

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West Virginia Loses 8-5, Glasnow and Allie Do Impressive Things

West Virginia was unable to sweep the Lakewood BlueClaws today on the road, losing 8-5 and snapping a seven game winning streak against Lakewood. Tyler Glasnow got the start and had some trouble, giving up three runs, but he still looked very impressive on the mound. For the seventh straight start, he allowed two hits or less and he had his fastball working, reaching 97 MPH and striking out eight batters. Stetson Allie finished off...

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