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BUCN Perfect : MiLB Affiliates Update

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
GCL Pirates (Rookie)

The GCL Pirates, with a record of 23-24, after their game today. Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows currently sit at 3rd and 4th overall for team batting average, and they sit 9th and 13th overall for the entire Gulf Coast League. (The GCL Nationals are the first place team in Rookie ball, with a record of 40-6.)

*Four teams play a one game playoff, then the final is a best of three. At this point GCL would not make the playoffs.

**Players to watch: 2013 draft picks Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows. Reese was named GCL Player of the month for July. Meadows is a 5 tool player who can also run the 60 in 6.3 seconds. Both these kids can smack the ball around and have canons for arms.

Jamestown Jammers (Class A short season)

The Jammers are currently in 1st place in their division with a record of 32-20, and have a 2 game lead over the State College Spikes. They also boast the best winning percentage, at .615, in their league. Adam Frazier, the short stop for Jamestown, has the 2nd best batting average in the league.

*Three divisional champs and one wild card play a best of three to determine the finals. The final remaining two teams play another best of 3 series. Right now, Jamestown is the #1 seed in their league.

**Players to watch: Adam Frazier, SS, .346 AVG, and 17 RBIs. JaCoby Jones, the Pirates 3rd pick in the draft this year. He’s only played 15 games at SS for them, but in 61 Abs he has 14 runs, 19 hits, and 10 RBIs. Danny Collins, 1B, leads the Jammers with 7 HRs and 14 doubles, and an .263 AVG.

West Virginia Power (Class A)

The Power lead the South Atlantic League with the best record at 32-18. They are 1.5 games ahead of the Hagerstown Suns, and boast a record of 18-6 at home. The Power have a home stand coming up this weekend, with Tyler Glasnow expected to pitch Friday. He broke the Power’s strikeout record this year, with 140 strikeouts so far this season.

*The 1st half division champ plays the second half division champ or the wildcard in a best of three. The finals are the winners of the first two games, and they play a best of five. The Power should be the winner of the 2nd half and make the playoffs.

**Players to watch: Josh Bell, the switch hitter and top 10 hitting prospect. If he hadn’t missed last season he would’ve been promoted this year. Dilson Herrera, 2B, Futures Game participant, 2012 GLP Player of the Year, top 20 prospect, .267 AVG/51 RBI, and only 5 errors since May. His defensive skills are improving each game.

Bradenton Marauders (Class A Advanced)

Bradenton is last in their division and 24 games out of first place, and their record is 46-70. They are 18-40 in road games. My guess to their poor record: Pirates raided Indy for players, Indy raided Altoona, and Bradenton lost Polanco, Hanson, and Kingham. Polanco, Hanson, and Kingham all moved up to Altoona. Kingham was previously Bradenton’s best pitcher.

*The first half division champ plays the second half division champ or the wildcard in a best of three. The finals are the winners of the first two games, and they play a best of five. Bradenton is not in playoff contention.

**Players to watch: Stetson Allie, the pitcher turned 1B, now a top power hitting prospect, happily changed to a positional player. Through 48 games he has a .992 fielding %, with 3 errors. He’s batting .224 with 17 RBIs.

Altoona Curve (Double A)

The Altoona Curve are last in the Eastern League, with a record of 55-65, and nine games out of first place. Again, this is a team that lost a few of their best players to Indy. Andrew Lambo hit 14 HRs and had 46 RBIs before moving on to Indy, and now the majors with the Pirates. Alex Dickerson (RF) and Jarek Cunningham (2B) are now the Curve’s only two batters with double digit home run production.

*The top two teams in each division play a best of five. The final series is those winners in a best of five. Currently, Altoona will not make the playoffs.

**Players to watch: Gregory Polanco, 2013 Futures Game Selection, 12th best prospect, he’s quick and has a strong arm. He’s batting .275 in 49 games with 3 HRs and 10 SB. Alen Hanson, 20 y/o SS, switch hitter, top 5 prospect. While he was with Bradenton, he had 24 stolen bases, was player of the week for 5/27/13, and was a mid season all star. (Both these guys are crazy fast, one was on third and one was on second at the game on 8/10, and they both made it home in mere seconds after the ball was in the outfield. I laughed because Hanson had caught up to Polanco as they crossed the plate.)

Indianapolis Indians (Triple A)

Our International League Indianapolis Indians are at the top of their division with a record of 71-54. The Pirates just extended their affiliation with the Indians for two more years. This year, Indy has given us: Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison, Tony Sanchez, Andrew Lambo, Alex Presley, Jose Tabata, Brandon Cumpton, Gerrit Cole, Vic Black, Ryan Reid, and Bryan Morris… Just to name a few, hahaha.

The depth the Pirates have within their organization can be evidence by the players this team has produced. The only team in the International League with more wins is the Durham Bulls, the affiliate of the Devil Rays.

*The playoffs are called the Governor’s Cup. Three divisional champs and one wildcard make the playoffs. The winners advance to the finals. Both the divisional playoffs and final round are five game series’. Indy will make the playoffs this year. They haven’t won the GC since 2000, LET’S GO INDIANS!!!!

**Players to watch: Jameson Taillon, 21 y/o 6’6” RHP, recently promoted to Indy from Altoona, he was 4-7 with an ERA of 3.67, and 8.6 SO/9. Ivan De Jesus, 2B, with .326 AVG, 29 RBIs, and 22 doubles, and .851 OPS. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP that was promoted from Altoona, 3.46 ERA and 114 SOs over 24 games. I would have included Andrew Lambo here, but he’s gotten the call to the big house. #LamboFreed

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