Comments on: Is Wes Freeman Climbing in to the Top 50? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Kevin http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8633 Sun, 07 Aug 2011 17:20:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8633 The three teams I follow closest are the Pirates, Rays, and Braves.  Generally the Rays and Braves are considered to have top 3 systems.

I’d be curious to see if you think the Rays and Braves are “stacked” with above-average position players.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8607 Sat, 06 Aug 2011 10:29:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8607 There’s been a lot of enthusiasim about the system overall, but comments from those who actually see the players and follow them closer than most casual fans dampen that feel good atmosphere. But, FWIW I agree. The minors aren’t stacked. Overall, position-wise, it doesn’t look to be deep at all and lacking in above-average talent. Pitching is below expectations IMO. There is emphasize on certain development items, but Hereida’s IP is worrisome. No need to throw his arm away at 16, but the kid has pitched a lot of innings and against older competition. Tallion has been mildly disappointing and Allie has been a major disappointment.

Cunningham has been an offensive force at his position but isn’t he defensively challenged? If so, would a move to the OF be beneficial. I think it would have beneficial to have gotten a month’s worth of experience at the next level for Marte and Grossman.

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By: Kevin http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8600 Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:32:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8600 Interesting I wouldn’t rank Urena among the top 10 NDFAs on the GCL team.

Hitters: Osuna, Hanson, Garcia, Carvajal, Polanco
Pitchers: Castro, Heredia, Lopes, Herrand, Sanchez

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8580 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:16:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8580 IF you go on his raw potential and this latest hot streak, he easily slides into the 40-50 range.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8581 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:16:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8581 IF you go on his raw potential and this latest hot streak, he easily slides into the 40-50 range.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8576 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 12:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8576 ….and you and I are 2 of those people.  I agree with you that it gets muddled from 8-20, but I think there is a tremendous amount of interesting players to rank from 20-50.

Someone like a Zac Fuesser will probably generate some interesting debate around the Pirate Prospects e-offices this offseason on where he should go.

As for the post, Freeman doesn’t even sniff my top 50 unless he continues to go nuts the last month of the season.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8575 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 05:03:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8575 The GCL is the team with the most potential at this point but those players are so far away that unless their name is Heredia they won’t get ranked too high. You have to proceed with caution with them. It is possible that at some point Luis Urena is a top 5 prospect in the system if you read the scouting reports but that statement is all about projection and at his pace you might not even consider him for the top 30 for another couple years.

  Basically I see the top 50 this year containing a lot more speculation than last year and the system being less top heavy and more cluttered as you get in the 15-30 range to the point where two people who follow the system very closely could have lists that look totally different

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By: Kevin http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8574 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 02:25:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8574 Interesting I would have guessed that the farm system is much deeper than previous years. The talent level at GCL and below is very impressive.

I would hazard a guess that the current Pirates farm system will be more productive in the long run than the more highly regarded Rays or Braves systems.

BTW Freeman looks like a teenage Jose Canseco.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8567 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 22:13:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8567 I think he could move into the top 50 based more on the fact the system isn’t as deep as last year. Last year when posting my top 50 I had 75 names to choose from when I started, this year a quick count barely got me to 50 and some of those were more just to fill out the bottom of the list. Basically means that anyone that surprised,like Freeman if he can keep it up, had a good shot of making the list

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By: VincentR http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/is-wes-freeman-climbing-in-to-the-top-50.html#comment-8563 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:46:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=17537#comment-8563 That’s good news we Pirate fans could use right about now.

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