2012 Bradenton Marauders Season Preview

Yesterday I previewed the 2012 West Virginia Power. Today the season previews continue with a look at the 2012 Bradenton Marauders. The Marauders will open the year with the top two prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. They will also feature Colton Cain and Alex Dickerson, who both ranked as top 20 prospects in the Pirates Prospects 2012 rankings. Other top prospects to watch are Mel...

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Wes Freeman Promoted to West Virginia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted outfielder Wes Freeman from State College to West Virginia.  Freeman, one of two Spikes to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, improved his average from .169 on July 17 to .304 at the conclusion of tonight’s game. The outfielder is also leading the Spikes with six home runs and 25 runs batted in. Freeman has a .304/.338/.492 line in 191 at-bats this year in State College.  He...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Another Look at Wes Freeman

Back on July 23rd, I profiled Wes Freeman, a day after he hit two home runs in a single game.  I talked about how Freeman was very raw, with power being the only part of his game, paired with an alarming amount of strikeouts.  At the time I didn’t know that the two homer game was just Freeman heating up.  Freeman went 14-for-39 over his next ten games, with three more homers, and 11 other extra base hits.  That raised the...

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State College Spikes 7/31 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the first of three reports on the minor league teams. Sunday July 31 — State College Spikes The Spikes don’t have a lot of interesting prospects but they have been winning of late. Following are some observations from the one...

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Is Wes Freeman Climbing in to the Top 50?

One of the big stories in the minors the last few weeks has been the hot streak by outfield prospect Wes Freeman.  In his last 12 games, Freeman has been on fire, with a .362/.400/.745 line in 47 at-bats.  He’s recorded a hit in ten of those 12 games, and has hit five home runs during this stretch.  Perhaps the most impressive stat is that his strikeout rate has dropped to 23.4% in this time period.  Prior to this hot streak,...

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