Tag: Ryan Hafner

Pirates Release Ryan Hafner

The Pittsburgh Pirates released right-handed pitcher Ryan Hafner on Sunday. He was with Bradenton this season and pitching poorly, posting a 9.55 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in 14 relief appearances. He was sent to Extended Spring Training at one point, but didn’t do well in his return, ending with four walks in his only inning […]
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Minor Moves: Holdzkom Activated From DL, McKinney Promoted

A few minor moves from this afternoon: **John Holdzkom has been activated from the Indianapolis disabled list. He was on the DL with shoulder fatigue, and had some really bad command issues at the start of the year. He had been throwing bullpen sessions recently, and Ryan Palencer gave a summary of how he looked in […]
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Minor Moves: Joe Added to Power Roster, Richard to Indianapolis

There have been a few minor league moves for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday afternoon. Connor Joe has been officially added to the West Virginia Power roster. To make room for him, Trace Tam Sing has been assigned to WV Black Bears(Morgantown). Today will be the pro debut for the Pirates second pick(39th overall) in […]
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Minors Notes: An Over-Slot Prep Pitcher Showing Promise Now That He’s...

At the end of the 2014 season, things looked bad for right-handed pitcher Jake Burnette’s future. He was a member of that strong 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates draft class, going in the seventh round and receiving a $550,000 bonus to break his commitment to Georgia Tech. That was the fifth biggest bonus in the draft for […]
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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie and JaCoby Jones Lead a Night of...

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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new […]
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First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level

The 2014 Minor League baseball season begins today. John Dreker has a schedule of the Opening Day starters in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, with Nick Kingham being the highlight in Altoona. We will be releasing our previews of each level in the morning, and starting the nightly Prospect Watch after all of the day’s games […]
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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Develop Talent? It Appears So.

It was a little over a year ago that there existed some big questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ability to draft and develop players. Most of the questions surrounding the minors were spilled over frustration from the collapse that the major league team suffered. It seemed to convenient to just throw in “and there’s no […]
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How Ryan Hafner Became a Pitching Prospect to Watch

Last year in West Virginia, all of the pitching focus was on Tyler Glasnow, who impressed with a 36.3% strikeout rate in his big breakout season. Meanwhile, Ryan Hafner quietly put together a dominant season out of the bullpen, working a long relief role where he threw 87 innings on the year. In that time, […]
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2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second straight year, the West Virginia Power featured the biggest breakout prospects in the system. Last year it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson who broke out. This year it was Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie. Along with those two, West Virginia had one of the most talented groups of prospects in the […]
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First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High...

Tyler Glasnow posted a 36.3 K% this year, which is one of the highest marks in baseball in a long time.
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