• Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Cole, Owens, Cumpton, Rowland

    TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.47) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB,...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Sign Pitcher Kenn Kasparek to Minor League Deal

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league pitcher Kenn Kasparek out of the Independent leagues, and have assigned him to the Bradenton Marauders. The addition comes after a series of moves today that sent Porfirio Lopez from West Virginia to Bradenton and Jhonathan Ramos from Bradenton to Altoona. Kasparek was originally drafted...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Sign Minor Leaguer Nathan Kilcrease

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Kilcrease as a minor league free agent, and assigned him to West Virginia today. The right-hander was selected in the 30th round of the 2011 draft by the Oakland Athletics, and was released after putting up a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings this year...

  • Analysis
    Mercer Joins the Pirates, But Barmes Still the Shortstop

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Infielder Jordy Mercer arrived to the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park just an hour before the club was set to take batting practice. Surrounded by media, the 25-year-old was all smiles as he tried to put into words what getting called up to the Majors felt like. “It’s...

  • Analysis
    Weekly Prospects Chat Transcript 5/29

    Below is the transcript for this week’s prospects chat.

  • 2012 Draft
    Law’s Second Mock Draft Says Giolito is a Possibility

    Keith Law released his second mock draft today for ESPN Insiders. With the eighth pick, he once again had Deven Marrero going to the Pirates. However, he noted that he thinks they’re still exploring other options, despite the industry consensus that Marrero will be the guy. Law once again mentions Chris Stratton,...

  • Analysis
    Expectations Should Be Fluid

    Many times in life, what we expect to happen does not come close to what actually happens.  We have to adjust our plans accordingly and move on, whether it is a positive change or a negative one.  The same should be true with expectations as they relate to the Pirates. Expectation #1...

  • Transactions
    Jordy Mercer Recalled from Triple-A; Navarro Optioned

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted infielder Jordy Mercer to the Majors on Tuesday. In order to make room for Mercer on the 25-man roster, infielder Yamaico Navarro was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Mercer, 25, hit .358 avg with six doubles, a homer and nine RBI in the month of May...

  • Analysis
    Young Bucs Leading the Leagues

    Here are some stats involving some of the young prospects in the system and where the currently are ranked in each of their leagues. Thanks to the Pirates for passing along the news and notes.   Triple-A Indianapolis —  Jordy Mercer ranks eighth in the International League with a .303 average (53-for-175)....

  • Analysis
    Neil Walker’s disappearing power

    On May 20, 2011, Neil Walker was hitting .288/.361/.466 and was in the midst of an encouraging sequel to his strong rookie season of 2010. He had hit six home runs in his first 183 plate appearances of the year, putting him on pace to hit close to 20 bombs over the...

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