The Marauders Defense Has Been Pretty Offensive So Far

The Bradenton Marauders have a lot of offensive talent. They feature Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco, the two biggest breakout players from last season. They’ve got Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia, guys who have just as much talent as Hanson and Polanco, but didn’t put up the ridiculous numbers. Dan Gamache was a sixth round pick who hits for average and gets on base. The offense is there. The defense? So far it has been...

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First Pitch: The 2011 Draft is the Exact Opposite of the 2009 Draft

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the Pirates have from each pitcher. 2nd Round –...

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Prospect Notebook: Seeing Two Pitchers For the First Time; Brewer Hits 95

Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I’ve seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn’t pitch in the GCL, so I didn’t get to see him throw. Today, both pitchers were on the mound in the low-A game against the Toronto farm system. Here are my...

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Pirate City Notes: Curry, Rowland, Rivera, Von Rosenberg, Wang

Here is a look at today’s lineups for the minor league games. The teams will be taking on Toronto’s farm system this afternoon. The upper level teams are on the road, which means I’ll be watching the lower level guys at Pirate City. I’ve included the lineups, pitchers, and some notes on a few players below. Triple-A Lineup: Darren Ford (8), Oscar Tejeda (4), Clint Robinson (3), Matt Curry (DH), Jerry Sands (9),...

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First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

Today we finished up the Bradenton Marauders recap, which means we’ve wrapped up all of the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft. There are still players from the 2009 draft to cover in the upper levels of the farm system. However, since a bulk of the draft was focused on those prep pitchers, this would be a good time to review the draft. Before we begin, a reminder on my strategy for evaluating a draft. You can evaluate a draft at...

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