Prospect Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

It’s received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles. ¬†Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who could be useful in the majors under the right circumstances, usually injuries. ¬†Indianapolis is no different this year. ¬†Although minor league W/L records...

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Prospect Watch: Cole Improves, Sanchez Heating Up, and Allie Stays Hot

Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, HR: Tony Sanchez, Stetson Allie

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Is West Virginia Primed For Another Year of Breakout Players?

I don’t like same-organization player comps. I think they’re lazy, and provide a very limited view. Yet we see them all the time. When the Pirates have a left-handed pitching prospect, he’s just the next Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The only reason he’s compared to those players is because that’s the frame of reference that Pirates fans have for a left-hander. This is the age of MLB.tv and internet stats, so...

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Minor League Results: Dodson, Bell, Mathisen, Herrera

Zack Dodson Zack Dodson started off looking a little shaky Wednesday against the Phillies. But he quickly shifted to dominance. In a 3-2 win, very much a group effort, with Dodson the star of the show. His wildness got him into trouble in the early innings, but he mixed in a consistent fastball that topped out at 91 mph, throwing it 86-90 through four innings. 61 pitches later, he’d allowed just one run on four hits, with three...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have a Two-Way Catcher in Their Future?

Yesterday I was going over the traffic reports on the site, and noticed something interesting about the recent top 20 prospects countdown. The top three prospects, according to traffic, were Jin-De Jhang, Wyatt Mathisen, and Tony Sanchez, all in that order. I don’t know why the only catchers in the top 20 received the most traffic. Perhaps it was because catcher has been a long-term hole in the majors. Maybe it just had...

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