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Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year.
Andrew Lambo finally broke out and moved beyond Double-A. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The biggest story among the hitters was Andrew Lambo. Prior to the 2013 season, Lambo had spent parts of five seasons at the Double-A level. He was once a top 50 prospect in baseball, but was rushed to Double-A at the age of 19, and never really lived up to his hype. This was the year where everything finally came together for the outfielder, and it happened at a still-young age of 24 (Lambo turned 25 by the end of the season). La...
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Andrew Lambo was the Pirates’ Minor League Player of the Year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
One of the most surprising things about the upcoming off-season is how little attention Andrew Lambo has received. In Lambo, the Pirates had a 24-year-old outfielder who combined for 33 home runs between Double-A, Triple-A, and the majors in 2013. In his very limited time in the majors he...
In order to get out of the Dominican Republic as a baseball player, the saying goes, “No one walks off the island.” In a country with so much baseball talent per capita, scouts want to see Dominican players hit. Showing a good eye at the plate would not be enough to project future success. Scouts have to have faith that they could handle the bat and “hit their way off the island...
Josh Bell could crack a top 100 prospect list next year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of top prospects in their system. Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco have emerged as consensus top 25 prospects in baseball. Alen Hanson and Tyler Glasnow are both getting attention as top 50 prospects. Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire will most likely crack a lot of top 100 lists next year...
Today the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they will be adding a new minor league affiliate for the 2014 season. The new team will be located in Bristol, and will play in the Appy League. That league is classified as rookie ball, but my guess is that it will be placed between the GCL and Jamestown in the Pirates system. I wrote about the new team earlier today, and a possible impact...
Justin Morneau got a taste of the playoffs again this season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and it seems as though that is the first baseman’s top priority as he goes into free agency this offseason. Morneau told Sid Hartman of the Minnesota Star Tribune that he is interested in signing for a team that has a good shot at winning, but also somewhere that he can have fun.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Eumir Sepúlveda and 18-year-old right-hander Carlos Bustamante, both out of Mexico. They will report to the Pirates facility in the Dominican and begin their pro career in the Dominican Summer League next year. Sepulveda took a leap forward in the last year, adding eight MPH to his fastball. He is a highly accomplished...
The Scottsdale Scorpions won for the first time since Opening Day, defeating Surprise by a 2-1 score. It snapped a five game losing streak for the Scorpions. Tyler Waldron pitched well and picked up the win in relief.
It was a light day for Pittsburgh Pirates players Wednesday night. For the first time, not one Pirates player was in the starting lineup. Tyler Waldron came on in...
Throughout the off-season, I will be previewing the available free agents at a few positions of need for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The purpose of these articles is to explore the free agent market, and in my case, to dig deeper into the players who are available. I spend so much time focusing on the players in the Pirates system that I don’t get a lot of time to dig deep into the...
After breaking a five game losing streak last night, Scottsdale lost 10-5 to Surprise on Thursday afternoon to drop to 2-6 on the season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup today, after none started in last night’s game.
Alen Hanson was batting second today after batting lead-off in his last start. He reached on a bunt single in his first AB, then came...
Scottsdale needed extra innings to defeat Glendale 2-1 tonight and it was a Pittsburgh Pirates player providing the walk-off dramatics in the tenth inning. The Scorpions are now 3-6 on the year.
The bigger news from this game is that Phil Irwin returned to action for the first time since May 2nd. He pitched just three games this season, one for the Pirates. He injured his elbow and...
The Winter League season is almost in full gear as the Dominican Winter League begins tonight. Also, the Veracruz League begins play as well. The Venezuelan League was in full gear last night, with four Pirates players getting into action.
Gregory Polanco begins his Winter League season tonight
Jose Osuna came in as a defensive replacement at first base in the eighth inning and didn’t...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league infielder Jimmy Rider to the Boston Red Sox for future considerations, per Baseball America. Rider tweeted earlier this week that he was a new member of the Red Sox. The Pittsburgh native was drafted in the 26th round of the 2012 draft out of Kent State. In the past two years he has had a .608 OPS in 234 minor league at-bats. Most of...
The off-season hasn’t technically even started yet, and the most exciting possible free agent option at the Pirates’ biggest position of need is already off the market. Jose Abreu, the highly touted first baseman from Cuba, narrowed things down to three AL teams earlier Thursday and is finalizing a deal with the White Sox (for six years and $68M – the largest deal ever for...
If yesterday’s news about Jose Abreu didn’t signal that the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t in the running, then today’s news will. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Cuban first baseman has narrowed his list down to three teams. Those teams are the Astros, Red Sox, and White Sox. Sanchez says the deal could be in the $70 M range, which is the same as what Buster Olney reported...