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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).
Willy Garcia was the top hitter in the system this week.
Willy Garcia has just as much upside as Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson, and has been playing on the same team as the other two players for the last two seasons. The problem is that Garcia hasn’t broken out yet, and has been inconsistent when he shows his potential. He’s got some impressive power potential, and showed that off this week with three homers to take the top spot in the system. Garcia has gone on power surges in the past. He hit six homers in the month of August last year, giving him 18 on the season. He’s got three so far this month, and seven on the year. He could be having another huge month, although he’s going to need to be consistent over the long-term to be in the same class as Polanco and Hanson.
Justin Howard saw an increase to his playing time after Andrew Lambo was promoted, and went 6-for-11 with a homer. Howard doesn’t have a lot of upside, since he doesn’t hit for the power you’d like to see from a corner infielder or a corner outfielder.
One problem with Mel Rojas is that he always struggles with consistency. He’ll show flashes of hitting potential with a huge multi-hit game, then will go on a long slump. On May 9th he went 3-for-4 with a double. Since that point he has a .330/.390/.515 line in 103 at-bats, with six doubles, five triples, and a homer. He’s got some strikeout problems, with a strikeout every four at-bats, although you can live with that if you’re hitting the way he’s hitting lately. Rojas went 8-for-25 last week with a double and two triples to take the third best spot.
Dan Gamache and Jose Osuna tied for the fourth spot this week. Gamache went 8-for-21 with two doubles and a homer, while his Bradenton teammate went 6-for-17 with two doubles and a homer. Gamache is a second base prospect with gap power, but probably doesn’t hit for enough power or play strong enough defense to be a starter in the majors. Osuna has a lot of power potential, and is young, but is like Garcia in that he’s been inconsistent.
Brett Carroll doesn’t profile as a prospect or a guy who could help the Pirates, but he’s doing a great job to help Indianapolis. He went 7-for-21 this week with three doubles, and has a .261 average, .832 OPS and ten homers this season.
Josh Harrison continues to play well in his time with Indianapolis. This week he went 8-for-27 with five doubles and a triple. The problem is he never carries that hitting over to the majors.
Carlos Paulino took the eighth spot, going 6-for-18 with two doubles and a triple. Paulino is a great defensive catcher, but hasn’t done much with the bat. It’s always good to see him hitting, but he hasn’t done that on a consistent basis. The lack of offense could hold him back from being a defensive catcher in the majors.
Andrew Lambo had another good week with Altoona, then was finally promoted to Indianapolis. If you combined his runs created numbers at both levels, he would have been second on the list this week. Lambo hit his first homer with Indianapolis last night, although it came off a position player in the 13th inning on a 62 MPH pitch.
Jared Goedert rounded out the top ten, going 9-for-30 with two doubles. In the past he’s been strong against left-handers, but this year he’s been better against right-handers. That’s unfortunate, since he could provide a platoon option at third base for Pedro Alvarez if the Pirates eventually went that route.
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Gerrit Cole makes his Pirates debut tonight.
The top prospect in the system, Gerrit Cole, is making his major league debut tonight against the San Francisco Giants. I’m not sure how many people need an introduction to Cole’s stuff. He’s been the top prospect in the system for the last two years, and I’ve written about his stuff countless times. Plus, you all can just turn...
For two years, Pirate fans have been counting down the days until the debut of Gerrit Cole, and on Tuesday, the fans got what they were waiting for. He made all the anticipation and hype worth the wait.
Cole blanked the defending World Series champion Giants through the first six innings of his Major League debut and led the Pirates to an 8-2 victory.
A PNC Park crowd...
Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the #1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, will be making his major league debut tonight against the Giants.. The game will be televised nationally on MLB Network (except in the Pittsburgh and San Francisco home markets). The world of baseball is excited. There's just one little awkward problem for Cole
He will be facing his girlfriend...
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility.
*Game Score is a stat created by Bill James...
At some point, I stopped counting Gerrit Cole's standing ovations Tuesday night.
One was for taking the mound at PNC Park to throw his warm-up pitches , as if every Pittsburgh Pirates fan wanted the former No. 1 overall draft pick to feel their embrace, their hope, maybe a little of their anxiety.
One was for wiggling out of a first-inning jam, to the extent that burrowing...
Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then Lincecum throws a fastball at Cole’s elbows.
Cole threw 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes in his quality start.
Cole taps his left foot and smacks the...
The first-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole, dazzled in his major league debut on Tuesday night, living up to the hype that has followed the top pitching prospect throughout his career at UCLA and the Pirates minor league system.After receiving his big league call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, Cole joined the club...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole quickly made a neat impression in his major league debut.
The overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft struck out the first hitter he faced Tuesday night, fanning San Francisco's Gregor Blanco with three straight 96 mph fastballs.
In his first plate appearance in the bottom of the second inning, Cole lined a two-run single with the...
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Jeff Locke started off the game strong, but quickly ran in to some serious control problems. He walked some batters in the early innings, but worked around them with several strikeouts and a few quick innings (plus a pickoff to end the third...
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