It was a slow day on MiLB.com for highlights of prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, so we go back a few days to the home runs from Tuesday by Stetson Allie and Gift Ngoepe. WJAC uploaded a highlight video on YouTube and as you can see, Ngoepe showed some impressive pop from a little man at the top of the order. It was his third home run of the season, while Allie hit his seventh, which leads all Pirates minor league players.
The only prospect video from yesterday isn’t much, but who doesn’t want their daily dose of Gregory Polanco? Here he steals second base without a throw, his ninth stolen base of the season. Give him about three more weeks before he brings his highlight show to Pittsburgh.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.