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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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8 days ago  |  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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10 days ago  |  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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19 days ago  |  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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24 days ago  |  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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24 days ago  |  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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25 days ago  |  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

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #18 – Willy Garcia

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 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Playoff Teams Are Set in the Dominican

The regular season in the Dominican Republic wrapped up on Sunday. The league is now off until Saturday(12/27), when the top four teams will compete in the round robin tournament, which consists of 18 games for each team. The two best from the round robin tournament go on to a championship series and the winner of that series will head to the Caribbean Series, where they will meet...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, three Pirates players saw action for Aguilas Cibaenas. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4, with his fourth home run of the season. He is second in homers to Sebastian Valle(five) among Pirates in winter ball. He is having a winter season very similar to his regular season for Altoona, hitting .269/.314/.462 in winter VS .271/.311/.478 for Altoona. His...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela

In Australia on Friday, Sam Kennelly made his season debut and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the eighth inning. He played second base and handled all three chances in the field cleanly. Kennelly signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 for $225,000 and at 18 years old, he is one of the youngest players in the Australian Baseball League. What stands out about that is...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Loses Shutout Streak in Third Start

In the Dominican on Sunday afternoon, Joely Rodriguez made his third start and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out three batters. He did a good job keeping the ball on the ground, getting nine ground outs, two of them double plays. Four of the hits he allowed were also ground balls. Prior to Sunday, Rodriguez had thrown eight shutout innings...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Two Catchers Headed in Opposite Directions

Not many Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action on Saturday night, but it is interesting to note the struggles of Tony Sanchez on both offense and defense during his first ten games of winter ball and compare that to how Sebastian Valle has performed since signing with the Pirates on November 20th. A small sample size won’t do much to change their status going into the regular season...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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