Just one video from yesterday’s action. It contains a lot, just not all of it is from actual prospects, but some days you just have to take what you can get. Here is the breakdown of what’s in this video:
1) Gregory Polanco with a strong throw to Tony Sanchez, who seems to bobble it in his glove. Throw beat the runner by plenty, but Sanchez never got the tag down.
2) Home run to center field from Jaff Decker. He showed nice power to straight away center field here. His third homer of the year. Decker has an .861 OPS in his last ten games, .733 on the season.
3) Leaping grab by Robert Andino.
4) Long home run from Matt Hague, who has apparently hit the weights recently. His sixth homer of the year.
5) Great diving stop and then throw to first from Blake Davis to help keep the game 3-2, which is where it ended. The throw obviously wasn’t much here, but Chris McGuiness picked the long hop for the out.
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.