*WV has only played 6 games due to the weather.
- Alex Presley is both smaller and older than the ideal prospect, Presley will have to let his production do the talking. Last year he broke out with a .320/.373/.494 line. This year, he's off to a scintillating start, holding a .483/.516/.690 line. I like the McLouth comparison as his upside, meaning he might be the perfect stopgap in right to the heir apparent Starling Marte. Presley could then be traded or settle into a bench role.
- Speaking of Starling Marte, he's also off to an incredible start and is showing no ill-effects from having his hamate bone removed last year with 4xbh's out of 11 hits. His line so far this year is .367/.406/.567 line. He will need to improve his plate discipline with only one walk in 31 PA and already 8 strikeouts.
- Chase D'Arnaud has rebounded well so far from his "down" season of a year ago. His line so far this year .320/.452/.560 showing good plate discipline and power. MarkinDallas has also posted videos demonstrating a solid defensive skillset at short, where he is the heir apparent.
- Nearly forgotten Gorkys Hernandez is off to a solid start as well. His .292/.393/.417 shows decent on base skills and a hint of power, which would make his stellar defense much more useful. Gorkys is another stopgap candidate in right.
- Another injury victim last year, Brock Holt has responded well so far in AA, posting an odd, but still good, .333/.455/.370 line. He's gonna need to hit for more power, but he has shown he can get on-base.
- Holy Ramon Cabrera! Obviously he's only played in 5 games, but Cabrera, considered one of the better catching prospects in a weak group behind Tony Sanchez, has a tripleslash of .615/.667/.769. If he can produce half of that, maybe with a little more power, he will shoot up Pirates prospect lists.
- Matt Curry is somehow actually having a better season so far than Cabrera. A college draftee old for his league (he will turn 23 in July), Curry has a mediocre .556/.619/1.111 line, for a decent/solid 1.730 OPS. Something tells me if he continues like this he will see a promotion soon.
- Rudy Owens, in his only start, went 7 IP, giving up 7H - including 1 HR for his only ER of the game - and struck out 5 while walking none.
- Jeff Locke, while receiving two losses in his two starts has still pitched well, sporting a 1.93 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 10K:2BB ratio in 9.1 innings of work.
- Kyle McPherson has pitched 9.2 innings giving up 1 ER for an ERA of 0.93, a WHIP of 0.83 and 8 strikeouts to 0 walks.
- Three of the "big 4" high school pitchers signed in 2009 have pitched well so far. Zack Von Rosenberg went 5.0 IP, with a 1.80 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 9 strikeouts for a 16.20K/9. Zack Dodson only had 1 strikeout in 5.0 IP, but only gave up 2 hits and a walk for a ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.60. Colton Cain went 4.2 innings, giving up 0 runs and striking out 5 while only walking 1 batter.
- Daniel Moskos so far 4.1 innings of relief work has a 0.00 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP, and 4 strikeouts to 1 walk.
- In a very small sample size, Tim Alderson has struck out 4 batters in 3.1 innings of relief work for Altoona.
- In an even smaller sample size, Diego Moreno has struck out 5 batters in 2.1 innings.
- Top prospect Tony Sanchez is off to a cold start, having 3 hits in 21 AB's Still he has a HR and a 4:3 BB/K ratio so its not all terrible.
- Andrew Lambo has been horrific. His tripleslash is a horrendous .167/.231/.208 with 11 K's in 24 AB's.
- Mel Rojas has a interesting (and bad) looking .167/.167/.167 line.
- Andrew Maggi has a worse .059/.158/.059 line.
- Quinton Miller had a horrible first start, giving up 11 hits and 10 ER in 3.1 innings of work for a grizzly 27.00 ERA and 3.90 WHIP.
- Eliecer Navarro currently sports a 12.27 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He still has a decent strikeout ratio with 4 punchouts in 3.2 innings compared to 1 walk.