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Tons of Huntington Notes on Taillon, Garcia, Marte, Stewart, Sanchez, Sadler, and More

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their second round of cuts this morning, sending down eight players, including top prospects like Jameson Taillon, Alen Hanson, and Willy Garcia. Neal Huntington talked with the media after the roster moves, discussing the plans for each player, along with a few other roster issues on the big league squad. Here are the notes. Jameson Taillon’s Tommy...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Make Eight More Cuts, Including Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have cut eight more players today. The players are as follows. Casey Sadler Collin Balester Gift Ngoepe Jeremy Bleich Willy Garcia Alen Hanson Mel Rojas Jr. Jameson Taillon Taillon, Hanson and Sadler have all been optioned to Indianapolis, while Garcia has been optioned to Altoona. The other four players have been reassigned to minor league camp. There are...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates hit three home runs, beat Tigers 8-7

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his fifth straight game because of lower body soreness. Outfielder Jose Tabata fouled a pitch off his left foot in the third inning and left the game on a golf cart. Marte also doubled...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates hit 3 HRs, beat Tigers 8-7

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his fifth straight game because of lower body soreness. Outfielder Jose Tabata fouled a pitch off his left foot in the third inning and left the game on a golf cart. Marte also doubled...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Willy Garcia Has Some of the Best Power in the System, But One Thing Holds Him Back

Almost exactly three years ago today, I wrote an article outlining some of the potential international breakout hitters in the lower levels. The article started out by raving about the potential of Willy Garcia. It then went on to list other guys you might have heard of, such as Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. But at the time, Garcia was one of the best of the group. Three years...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Agree to Terms With All 21 of Their Unsigned Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they have agreed to terms with all 21 of their un-signed players on the 40-man roster. The list of players is as follows. Arquimedes Caminero Gerrit Cole Brandon Cumpton Jaff Decker Elias Diaz Pedro Florimon Willy Garcia Alen Hanson John Holdzkom Nick Kingham Bobby LaFromboise Andrew Lambo Jeff Locke Jordy Mercer Stolmy Pimentel Gregory...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Where are the West Virginia Breakout Candidates?

Over the last few years, West Virginia has been the team to watch in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system. The 2012 season saw the breakouts of Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. It had top draft prospects like Josh Bell and Nick Kingham. There were also guys who eventually improved their prospect status in the upper levels, like Elias Diaz and Willy Garcia. Tyler Glasnow was the...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Altoona Curve: Top Prospects, Roster Projections, and Position Battles

Yesterday I started previewing some of the position battles that you can expect at each level during Spring Training. The first preview was the 2015 Indianapolis Indians. As usual, most of the Triple-A position battles are a result of a fall-out from the battles in MLB camp. Since there aren’t really any battles in MLB camp this year, and since there aren’t many surprises in...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Winter Stats For New Players

Last Tuesday, we recapped the first day of the Caribbean Series, which can be viewed here. Today we take a look at the rest of the series, plus the championship series in Australia, as we wrap up the winter coverage until October. On Tuesday, Willy Garcia had a big game, helping his team to a 6-1 victory over Cuba. He went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer. Rafael Perez had...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates prospect Garcia helps Dominicans top Cuba in Caribbean

  Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Willy Garcia hit a two-run homer and the Dominican Republic beat Cuba 6-1 in the Caribbean Series on Tuesday. Cuba (0-2) returned to the Caribbean Series in 2014 after a 53-year absence, going 1-3 last year in Venezuela. Garcia homered in the sixth inning off reliever Jonder Martinez in the tournament opener for the Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Dominican Republic drops Cuba to 0-2 in Caribbean Series

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Willy Garcia hit a two-run homer and the Dominican Republic beat Cuba 6-1 in the Caribbean Series on Tuesday. Cuba (0-2) returned to the Caribbean Series in 2014 after a 53-year absence, going 1-3 last year in Venezuela. Garcia homered in the sixth inning off reliever Jonder Martinez in the tournament opener for the Dominican...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #5 – Reese McGuire

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #8 – Mitch Keller

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #9 – Cole Tucker

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #11 – Harold Ramirez

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #12 – Adrian Sampson

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #13 – John Holdzkom

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #14 – Cody Dickson

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #15 – Trey Supak

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Takes Hit Away From Alen Hanson

In the Dominican League playoffs on Wednesday, Alen Hanson went 2-for-5 with a run scored, but his team was still eliminated from the finals. Hanson reached base seven times during a three-game stretch. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. There are better results for him below, as he broke his playoff slump on Thursday. Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-3 with two singles and a...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Two Big Games From Andy Vasquez, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action

It was a slow Monday night in winter ball, although we do have some late news from Sunday night that didn’t get into Monday’s article. In Colombia, Andy Vasquez homered and drove in five runs in his team’s win. In the first two games, he is 4-for-9 with two homers and eight RBIs. His team took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. In Venezuela on Monday, Wilfredo Boscan pitched...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination

In the Dominican playoffs on Sunday night, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two stolen bases. His team still lost and is now of the verge of being eliminated in the round robin tournament. With five games left and only two teams advancing, the Toros are 4-9, trailing the Gigantes(10-3), Estrellas(7-6) and the Aguilas(5-8). Hanson is now 10-for-45(.222) in the...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #16 – Gage Hinsz

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #17 – Clay Holmes

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Willy Garcia’s Strengths and Weaknesses Fit a Growing MLB Trend

One of the players the Pittsburgh Pirates protected from the Rule 5 draft this off-season was Willy Garcia, who was profiled today as the number 18 prospect in our countdown. Garcia is an interesting case. He has two plus tools, with plus power and a plus arm. However, he doesn’t draw walks, and strikes out way too much. As John Dreker wrote during the season, there haven’t been...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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