Moving on to look at the middle infielders in the Pirates' minor league organization:

Jorge Bishop --  R/R,  5' 10",  152 lb
Bishop is a Panamanian native who did very well at age 18 in the VSL, where he hit .308 with 9 homers and 41 RBI.  He made his US debut in 2010.  In the early part of the season he got 4 fill-in starts with A+ Bradenton, where he went 3-for-12, which was very nice for playing a few levels up.  He spent the rest of the season with the GCL Pirates, where he hit .257 in 50 games.  He had solid power, with 10 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 homers, and the potential is there for his power to improve.  Bishop split his playing time between second base and shortstop and is thought to have good speed -- 12 stolen bases.  He'll turn 20 years old this week, and he should be ready to move up to State College for 2011.

Walker Gourley  --  R/R, 6' 0",  180 lb
Gourley was the Pirates' 13th round pick in the 2009 draft.  He missed a lot of playing time due to an ankle injury in 2009, but was slated to move to State College for 20100.  He also got in a few games as a fill-in at Bradenton in May of 2010, where he went 1-for-8 at the plate, before the State College season began.  Gourley did not hit well at State College, though, and he did not show much power either.  His best month was July, when he had a .204 average and 13 RBI.  He finished with a .168 average, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, and 23 RBI.  Strikeouts are a big problem for Walker --  76 in 61 games (32.8%).  Gourley's playing time was divided between second base (32 games), shortstop (21 games), and a little bit at third (9 games).  There is some question about whether he has the range to be an effective middle infielder, or whether he might be better moved to third base.  Gourley will turn 20 years old in June, so he still has time to figure it out, as long as he starts hitting soon and cuts back on the strikeouts.

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