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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West Virginia Power 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete West Virginia Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects 1t. Alen Hanson, SS 1t. Gregory Polanco, OF I had a tough time picking the top prospect from this pair. In a tiered ranking system, they’d both be in the same group. When it comes to picking between them, it’s splitting hairs. Offensively, the difference is minimal. Polanco was more consistent this year, and hit for a better average. Hanson hit for more...

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Minor League Schedule: 9/3/12

Bradenton closed out their season yesterday, while Altoona and West Virginia each end their schedules today. The DSL Pirates lost the opener of their three game series against the Angels for the league title. The GCL Pirates won the GCL championship Wednesday. Indianapolis wraps up their regular season today and they will begin their playoffs Wednesday. State College is the only team with regular season games scheduled after today....

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Minor League Schedule: 8/29/12

West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader tonight. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL and GCL regular seasons are over. The GCL Pirates won game one of a best of three series against the Red Sox.  The DSL Pirates1 advanced to the second round of the playoffs with their win yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (84-54) @ Toledo (58-80) 6:30pm Probable...

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Prospect Watch: Nine Strikeouts From Irwin, Avila Homers Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.25) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.314) - 1-for-4 5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia...

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