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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Picks Up Two Hits in First Start

Both Sunday and Monday were quiet days in the winter leagues, with just two games played Monday and Sunday had a game postponed, plus two teams with Pirates players were scheduled off. On to the little bit of action to cover and we start with a missed at-bat from Saturday in the Dominican. Andy Vasquez struck out as a pinch-hitter late in the game for Toros del Este. It was his first...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut

On Saturday night in winter ball, eleven Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action between play in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican. In the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his season debut and it was a great one. He went 2-for-3, collecting two singles, two walks and he scored four runs. Hanson was at second base, where he expects to play all winter. Willy Garcia also made his debut,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises

Baseball America released their top 20 list for the Eastern League today and two Pittsburgh Pirates players were on the list, but it’s likely not the two you would suspect. You can see the list here and when they release the scouting reports later, we will update this article with the new link and some comments. Diaz was voted the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League (Photo...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Recaps and Top 10 Lists

Yesterday we completed the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates minor league recaps, finishing with the GCL Pirates. Each recap featured notes on all of the best prospects at each level, along with a season-ending top 10 list. The lists are basically rough draft versions, which will be finalized in the 2015 Prospect Guide. Our top 50 prospects for the 2015 season will also be included in the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights From Thursday’s Action in the Fall Instructional League

The Fall Instructional League started this week and the Pittsburgh Pirates played their first home game on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. We posted the schedule for the league and the roster for team one for the Pirates. A second team will begin play on Saturday and an updated roster should be out soon. No scores are kept in these Instructional League games, but I was told...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: The Altoona Prospects Should Provide Plenty of Help for Pirates

Yesterday, we took a look at the top ten prospects for Indianapolis and mentioned how the bottom of the AAA list almost always looks weak compared to other levels. I pointed out that other levels usually have guys that seem like top ten prospects, but they get squeezed out due to numbers. The higher you go in the organization, the more prospects fail, so it’s no surprise that AAA...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Pirates Have a Talented Instructional League Outfield

The Fall Instructional League roster came out on Monday for one of the Pirates two teams. The other one will be out later this week and we will discuss them then. The first team starts play on Wednesday and the roster is loaded with talented players. It’s possible that the Pirates could use these players in the same lineup for a game if they wanted to: C Reese McGuire 1B Josh Bell...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Stetson Allie Offers a Rare Combo of Power and Plate Patience

It’s always fun to look back on historic stats to find comparisons for current players in the minor league system. We did it last week with Willy Garcia to show how rare it is for a batter with a low walk rate and high strikeout rate to make an impact in the majors. We also did it for Alen Hanson, to show how rare it is for someone to have his combination of power and speed. Today...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: What Happens When You Get Drafted by a Winter League Team?

There has been a lot of recent news from the winter leagues, so today’s Morning Report is a recap of what’s been going on, along with expanding on the article covering the Dominican Winter League draft from yesterday. Last weekend we took a look at all of the Pirates players on the Mexican Pacific League roster of the Mazatlan Deer, and what we could expect from those players...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Pirates Taken in the Dominican Winter League Draft

The Dominican Winter League held it’s annual draft today and four Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players were taken among the 146 picks. The DWL draft allows teams to reserve players that usually aren’t quite ready for the league yet, so it’s basically players in the low levels of the minors. An example of that was two years ago when Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson and Willy...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: What Sets Willy Garcia Apart From Other Prospects?

The focus of this article is finding a comparable player to Willy Garcia when it comes to his low walk rate and high strikeout totals. This season, Garcia had 24 walks and 145 strikeouts, which is a difference of 121, the biggest differential in the system. Last year, Garcia had a difference of 131 with 23 walks and 154 strikeouts. During these past two seasons, no one else in the...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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