Prospects of the Week:
Kevin Newman: 8 for 21 (.381), 3 RBI, 5 walks to 0 strikeouts, 6 games played
Yeudy Garcia: 1-1 (2 starts), 12.1 innings pitched, 4 runs, 14 strikeouts,0 walk
Clay Holmes: 1-0 (1 starts), 7 innings pitched, 0 runs, 9 strikeouts, 1 walks
Kevin Newman hit .366 at High-A Bradenton, and he continues to hit the ball well at Double-A Altoona. Newman is really putting together an outstanding year and showing that he was worth the #19 overall pick in 2015, and that he is the shortstop of the future. Yeudy Garcia continues to rack up strikeouts. He struck out 14 hitters over his last two starts, but even more impressive is that he did not walk a single batter. Yes, he did give up some runs, but showing command and the ability to get swings and misses will go a long way in his development. Clay Holmes seems to be starting to find his stride again. His ERA is over 4, but he has lowered it each week after a rocky start to the year. The big thing is that he threw seven innings for the second time this year and looks healthy (Tommy-John surgery in 2014).
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The minors league season is about half way through. With that we have a really good sample size of the prospects numbers and can fully judge how they are performing this year. The big thing to look for now is the level they are playing. We have already seen Taillon reach the majors, Waddell and Newman move up to AA, and Meadows move to AAA. Over the next few weeks expect to see some other players receive promotions. Mitch Keller has been very good all season at Low-A and should get a chance at High-A soon. Harold Ramirez also could find himself in AAA before to long, with putting together a very consistent last two months.
This page provides an easy to access update on how the top Pittsburgh Pirates prospects are performing on a week to week basis. This works better than daily updates because you can really see more of a sample size in the stat changes over a week rather than from day-to-day. There are not many Pittsburgh Pirates free sites out there that can provide a full-page of the top prospects in the organization with their season stats listed in one spot. Rather than trying to remember and search each individual player RumBunter will make it easier for you.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects top 30 may change also throughout the season as certain players perform and move up or down the rankings. There will also be a weekly “Future Friday” article on specific prospects who are performing well. Give comments below about the prospects roundup and your thoughts on how they are performing thus far. You can also ask questions about specific prospects on the prospects roundup if you would like to know more about them.
Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks will be added to the list after July 15th signing deadline.
All Stats are Courtesy of Baseball Reference