Found November 10, 2012 on
Indianapolis was one of the most successful teams in the Pirates’ system this year, fueled by Starling Marte and a strong pitching staff. By the time the playoffs came around, all of the players who got them to the post-season had been promoted to the majors, which resulted in a first round loss. Here are the results from the individual players, as well as the top ten prospects at the level this year.
The top hitting prospect in the system spent most of the season in Indianapolis. Starling Marte put up impressive numbers in Triple-A, and really caught fire starting at the end of June. Marte ended up with a .286 average and an .847 OPS prior to his promotion to the majors.
Another player who saw a promotion to the majors this year was Brock Holt. The infielder was on fire in his 95 at-bats in Triple-A, with a .432 average and a 1.013 OPS. That was enough to make him a surprise September callup, where he received a lot of playing time with injuries to Neil Walker.
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In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with two walks, pushing his off-season walk total to seven in just 11 games. He has a .333/.429/.571 line in 42 AB’s, with two homers and two stolen bases. He is playing for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican League.
In other Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He has a .288...
The DSL Pirates clubs were ranked sixth and 19th in the 35 team league in OPS. As a group, they have a decent amount of six figure bonus players. Some lived up to those numbers, while others did not. Some players, that were signed rather quietly (aka low bonus) ended up having big years. The Pirates chose to move players like Edwin Espinal and Dilson Herrera to the GCL with minimal...
In Winter League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco played for the first time in five days. He batted seventh and played center field, going 1-for-4 at the plate. He is now hitting .217 in 23 AB’s, with one double, one stolen base, no walks and seven strikeouts. His teammate on Leones del Escogido, Starling Marte, did not play yesterday.
In other Dominican League action, Anderson...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of seven minor league free agents through a team press release. Four of the signings we already knew about, as the official announcement was made on Darren Ford, Jared Goedert, Anderson Hernandez, and Stefan Welch. The Pirates also signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Reid, and re-signed infielder Jeff Larish and left-handed pitcher Kris...
Unlike the other teams in the system, it is much harder to put together a top ten prospect list for the Dominican Summer League. There is very little to go on besides the season stats, signing information and scouting reports that are few and far between. You base a lot on performance, where the players actually played on the field, and the player’s age, both at the present time...
As a group, there was a lot of good pitching from the Pirates’ two DSL teams this season. Part of it was due to high inning totals from older pitchers. It isn’t a strong group on the prospect front, with some of the higher price bonus guys getting up there in age for the league, but it isn’t totally barren of pitchers to watch. The strong pitching continued on to the postseason...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with seven minor league free agents.
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Bill Livesey has been hired as a Senior Advisor to General Manager
This week we’re going to take a look at the market for various positions that the Pirates may be interested in this offseason. Today’s article will look at the market for starting pitchers.
While the market for catchers is weak and the market for corner infielders/outfielders is slightly above-average, the starting pitcher market is rather deep.
Whether you think the Pirates...
In Winter League action yesterday, Benji Gonzalez made his first start for Leones de Ponce, batting ninth and playing shortstop. He went 1-for-4, with a stolen base, a run scored and he turned two double plays.
In Dominican League action, Oscar Tejada went 0-for-1 with a strikeout, while Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Neither Starling Marte, nor Gregory...