Today we wrapped up the first month of the 2014 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system by announcing the Player of the Month and the Pitcher of the Month. I originally planned to have First Pitch focus on early season promotion candidates at each level. However, after going through each level, I couldn't find any "must promote" players in Altoona or West Virginia. That's not to say that no one is doing well there. It's just saying that no one from those two teams should be moving up a level right now.
My pick for Bradenton would have been Pat Ludwig, who has been excellent in the rotation in High-A since late last season, and who now doesn't have a rotation spot with Tyler Glasnow back in the mix.
I decided to scrap the entire system focus, and focus specifically on one player...
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