WILLY GARCIA NEWS

RubberDucks edged by Curve 7-3

ALTOONA, PA – The Akron RubberDucks opened the top of the eighth with a pair of runs to cut the Altoona Curve’s lead to one, but the Curve ended the frame by posting three runs of its own on a Willy Garcia three-run home run to win 7-3 at People’s Natural Gas Field on Thursday. Three Altoona homers plated five runners, starting with a solo homer from Garcia in the bottom...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Homers in First Game With Jamestown

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Pat Ludwig gave up one run in seven innings tonight. Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Pat Ludwig gave up one run in seven innings tonight. Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Pat Ludwig gave up one run in seven innings tonight. Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow Dominate With Strikeouts

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Geremia Portorreal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican outfielder Geremia Portorreal out of the Dominican Prospect League, Pirates Prospects has learned. Portorreal was linked to the Pirates early in the international signing period, but couldn’t sign until he turned 16 this Wednesday. He ended up signing for $375,000. Portorreal is a 6′ 2″, 180 pound left-handed hitter. Baseball America...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham, Tyler Glasnow, and Jon Sandfort Have Strong Starts

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Allie Hits a Walk Off HR; Jamestown Scores 29 Runs in a DH

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Dickerson and Garcia Finish Strong Months With Homers

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Lambo Does It Again; Garcia Continues Hot Month

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Pirates Seeing Some Increased Power in the Minors This Year

The Pirates had five homers on the night in Seattle, showing some power at the major league level. It wasn’t just in the majors though. Andrew Lambo hit his 19th home run of the year tonight, with 14 coming in Altoona and the last five coming in Indianapolis. That’s notable since it already beats last year’s high of 18 homers, set by Willy Garcia. It also matches the 2011 high...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Has a Monster Day in a Monster Month

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Trends — Turning Around Flagging Careers

Hafner has fanned 12.8 hitters per nine innings. The Pirates have several minor leaguers working to revive stalled careers.  Surprisingly, the organization now has better depth in hitters than pitchers at the upper levels.  Or maybe I should say “healthy pitchers.” The Good Chase d’Arnaud, SS (AAA):  It’s a step forward for d’Arnaud just to be back on the field, but...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Performers: Power Surge For Willy Garcia; Mel Rojas Continues Hot Streak

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,...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Castro Pitches Gem, Morton Solid In Last Rehab Start

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Polanco Has a Three Hit Night; Hanson and Garcia Homer

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Meija Strikes Out Six In Rehab Start But St. Lucie Loses 5-4

Bradenton 5, St. Lucie 4 Willy Garcia drilled a bases loaded walk-off single to right off of reliever T.J. Chism as the host Bradenton Marauders defeated the Mets 5-4 on Friday. Jenrry Mejia allowed two runs and five hits over three innings with three walks and six strikeouts in his first start on a major league rehab assignment with St. Lucie. Mejia had originally been scheduled...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Cole and Pimentel Have Good Starts, Lambo and Garcia Homer

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

Nick Kingham fanned 26 in his last 17 innings. A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates’ full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling despite a good rotation led by Jameson Taillon...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Pirates Draft Pick Leads Brewers Affiliate in One Hitter Over Marauders

Eliecer Navarro gave up one run in six innings, striking out nine, but was out-dueled by Drew Gagnon. The struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t just for the major league level. On Wednesday the Bradenton Marauders, the high-A affiliate for the Pirates, went up against the Brevard County Manatees, the high-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Manatees had Drew Gagnon...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Bradenton Marauders Riding a Wave of Walk Off Victories

Alen Hanson, pictured bunting earlier in the game, picked up four hits including the walk off double. The Bradenton Marauders have now had three straight walk off victories. On Friday night, Alen Hanson came up in the bottom of the ninth inning with one runner on and the score tied at 5-5. Hanson had given up two errors in the top of the ninth inning, which cost Bradenton a two run...
Via Pirates Prospects
April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The Marauders Defense Has Been Pretty Offensive So Far

Alen Hanson has six errors so far this season. The Bradenton Marauders have a lot of offensive talent. They feature Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco, the two biggest breakout players from last season. They’ve got Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia, guys who have just as much talent as Hanson and Polanco, but didn’t put up the ridiculous numbers. Dan Gamache was a sixth round pick who...
Via Pirates Prospects
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Lower Minors: Plawecki Smacks Two More Doubles, DeGrom Ks 7, Taijeron Rips Erupts With Four Hits

St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 5 Jacob DeGrom started the game strong for St. Lucie by retiring the first eight batters that he faced, but he ran into trouble in the fourth inning.  DeGrom gave up three runs off four hits in the frame. He then gave up a home run to Willy Garcia in the sixth that put St. Lucie behind 4-3. However, the Mets were able to retake the lead due to some sloppy...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Lower Minors: Plawecki Is A Doubles Machine, DeGrom So-So, Taijeron With 4 Hits

St. Lucie 6, Bradenton Marauders 5 by Vinny B. Jacob DeGrom started the game strong for St. Lucie by retiring the first eight batters that he faced, but he ran into trouble in the fourth inning.  DeGrom gave up three runs off four hits in the frame. He then gave up a home run to Willy Garcia in the sixth that put St. Lucie behind 4-3. However, the Mets were able to retake the...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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