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Also a shaggy-haired lefty reliever going to Atlanta, putting two useful parts in Atlanta for the stretch run.

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June 10, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Gregory Polanco

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Ethan Purser and Paul Sporer

The one we've all been waiting for.

The Situation: Through Sunday, Pittsburgh’s right field triumvirate was collectively slashing .259/.313/.349, a relatively paltry line relative to the league average of .268/.337/.428. Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, Polanco has been assaulting International League pitching all season to the tune of a .945 OPS. As a member of the 40-man roster, Polanco has been the most logical answer for the team’s offensive woes in right field, but Pirates officials have cited developmental reasons for his continued stay in Triple-A. Accusations of service-time manipulation have been bandied about in light of the team’s less-than-stellar start to the season, and given the timeframe of the call up, more allegations are likely forthcoming.

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First-hand takes on prospects from five teams, including the Pirates' Josh Bell.

South Atlantic League (Low-A)

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April 16, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Notes from Five Leagues

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Al Skorupa, Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser

Notes on 19 players from nine teams in five leagues. Be impressed.

(Al Skorupa)

3B Maikel Franco (Phillies)

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"Graphic amount of swing-and-miss in game."

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Analysis of all of Wednesday's trades and signings, including Joaquin Benoit, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Doumit, Danny Valencia, and many more players.



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