With the first month of the season about at an end, I was looking at the Pirates' minor league teams, and the following stats caught my eye. These are not the top prospects, just some unusual cases. All of these come with the small sample caveats.
At AAA, Jay Jackson has not pitched well, and he seems to have no idea where the ball is going. He is currently sporting an ERA over 7, but that is not why I noticed. He currently has a GB/FB ratio of .30, which is incredibly low. He is almost the anti-Pirate.
At AA, Tyler Sample has an ERA of 1.00 which is great. The problem is that in 18 IP, he has walked 16. He has also struck out 18, so apparently he has pretty good stuff. Only 7 hits, so my guess is that hitters might be a little shy of digging in against him.
At High-A, Max Moroff is hitting a robust .197. He also has 15 BBs and 12 Ks, which is in Robbie Grossman territory. He lacks Grossman's power numbers, but since he is a shortstop that is not that important. He is also sporting a BABIP of about .250. I had thought that might mean he was making weak contact, but 6 of his 13 hits are XBH, so that doesn't seem to be the case. Just unlucky I guess. Typical Pirate.
At low A, Shane Carle is a bit old for the league, but in 16.2 innings, he has fanned 19 and walked 1. That is pretty impressive. He showed great control last year at Jamestown, so this is no fluke.
None of these guys are likely to make a splash at the major league level, but they are interesting and worth keeping an eye on.