Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination
Jan12

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination

In the Dominican playoffs on Sunday night, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two stolen bases. His team still lost and is now of the verge of being eliminated in the round robin tournament. With five games left and only two teams advancing, the Toros are 4-9, trailing the Gigantes(10-3), Estrellas(7-6) and the Aguilas(5-8). Hanson is now 10-for-45(.222) in the playoffs. Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a walk, run...

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First Pitch: Willy Garcia’s Strengths and Weaknesses Fit a Growing MLB Trend
Jan08

First Pitch: Willy Garcia’s Strengths and Weaknesses Fit a Growing MLB Trend

One of the players the Pittsburgh Pirates protected from the Rule 5 draft this off-season was Willy Garcia, who was profiled today as the number 18 prospect in our countdown. Garcia is an interesting case. He has two plus tools, with plus power and a plus arm. However, he doesn’t draw walks, and strikes out way too much. As John Dreker wrote during the season, there haven’t been many players who have gone on to play in the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #18 – Willy Garcia
Jan07

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #18 – Willy Garcia

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gorkys Hernandez in Season Finale
Dec31

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gorkys Hernandez in Season Finale

In Venezuela on Tuesday night, Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the last game of the regular season. His team finished in first place and will continue on in the playoffs starting on Saturday. Hernandez hit .261/.337/.303 in 142 at-bats. He missed five weeks with a finger injury, returning to the lineup four days ago. Hernandez had hits in each of his last four games. In the Dominican playoffs, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3...

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Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action
Dec28

Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action

The Dominican League playoffs began on Saturday night and three Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and an outfield assist. His team didn’t make the playoffs, but Rojas was one of a handful of players that were drafted by the teams that did make it into the round robin tournament. Willy Garcia struck out as a pinch-hitter in his only at-bat. He finished the regular season with...

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