The minor league regular season ended yesterday and two affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates made the playoffs. Bradenton won their first half title and we have known about them being in the playoffs since June. Altoona didn't know they were going to the playoffs until yesterday around 3:00 PM when Brett McKinney recorded the final out in a 2-0 victory in ten innings. We now go into playoff mode with Bradenton playing their first game tonight.

The Marauders took a little hit on the prospect side recently, losing Tito Polo and Stephen Tarpley. That also gave them a little hit in the team strength. They still have Jordan Luplow, Connor Joe and Pablo Reyes in the lineup, three batters who have hit really well over the last five weeks. Kevin Kramer is a solid #2 or #3 hitter, depending on w...

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