The Pittsburgh Pirates had an interesting group of players at Indianapolis to open up this season. It included some of the top hitting prospects in the system and two of the top starting pitching prospects. The Indians are playing well as a team, trailing first place in their division by a 1/2 game and leading the wild card race by two games.Here's a look at the team at the All-Star break.

Austin Meadows was the top prospect in Indianapolis when the season started. Mitch Keller now holds that title, while Meadows used up his prospect status in the majors late last month. Meadows hit .294/.336/.397 in 32 games at Indianapolis, stealing eight bases in nine tries and playing some strong defense in the outfield. The average/OBP are about the same with the Pirates, while the slugging is a bi...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.