Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/8/14
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team. There are many formulas for runs created. For these purposes the basic formula is used. That formula is ((H + BB) * (1B + (2*2B) + (3*3B) + (4*HR))) / (AB + BB). Nick Buckner was the top hitter in the system this week. The Pirates drafted Nick Buckner in the 14th round of the 2013 draft, and signed him to an above-slot $135,000 bonus. That amount was surprising, as Buckner was seen as ...
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