Polanco struggling at Altoona

Saturday, 10 August 2013 09:30 AM Written by 


No sense rehashing the Pirates 10-1 loss to Colorado last night. Here’s some of what’s going on down on the farm:


*  The prevailing ‘wisdom’ of some was that the Pirates should not have paid dear for a right fielder at the trade deadline because top prospect Gregory Polanco would be inserted into the position at some point next year and all worries would disappear.  Polanco remains an outstanding prospect but is struggling with Class AA pitching and a 2014 debut appears unlikely.  He is batting .256 with a .721 OPS at Altoona with three home runs in 168 at bats.


* Go figure! Brandon Cumpton is 4-7 with a 3.65 ERA and a .251 BAA pitching for Indianapolis in the International League. He is 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA and a .241 BAA pitching for the Pirates of the National League.


* Compare these statistics for Indianapolis players:


                            G     AB     2B    3B    HR    RBI     BA    OPS


Player A                66   242     15     4     13    53     .277  .896

Player B                57   209     15     1     17    49     .277  .946


Very close, down to the same batting average. Player A is Pedro Alvarez in 2010 prior to being summoned to MLB for the first time.  Player B is Andrew Lambo in 2013 waiting to be summoned to MLB for the first time.


* Alen Hanson, another top five Pirates prospect, also is struggling at Altoona since he was promoted last month. In 45 at bats, he his hitting .200 with a .545 OPS.


* Alex Dickerson, ranked the sixth best first base prospect by MLB.com, continues to play well at Altoona. He’s batting .294 with an .846 OPS. which is fifth best in the Eastern League. He has 15 homers and 62 RBIs and ranks in the top 15 in those categories.


* Outfielder Josh Bell, who got a $5 million signing bonus from the Pirates in 2011, is batting .283 with an .803 OPS in the South Atlantic League and is eighth in RBIs with 66. He turns 21 next week.


* Right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow is 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA in the South Atlantic League. He has struck out 140 in 97 1/3 innings. He leads the league in strikeouts, is third in WHIP and fourth in ERA. Glasnow, 6-foot-7, turns 20 later this month.


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