Comments on: First Pitch: Some Perspective on Prospect Rankings http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20631 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20631 Yes, it should. It’s going to take a while before I get used to typing State College. I was stopping myself from typing “Lynchburg” until about half way through the 2010 season, which was their first year in Bradenton.

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By: derekbellstutu http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20630 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:32:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20630 “Some might not even make it past State College.”
This should read Jamestown, correct? My apologies if I’m wrong.
Here’s hoping the talent in the minors increases & pushes through to the parent club. GO BUCS!

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20629 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:05:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20629 Ultimately that’s what prospecting is. Whether its business or professional sports, anytime the word “prospect” gets thrown around it implies no guarantees. The job of the organization is to simply obtain a better average quality of the crap they’re throwing at the wall. If you had any other impressions of how this worked, then let me be the first to welcome you to reality.

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By: TonyPenaforHOF http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20627 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:31:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20627 Anyone else read Randy Linville’s post yesterday on this site?

http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/pirates-place-four-in-gcl-top-20-prospects.html

While I am happy with the fact the Pirates are so well represented, the list in the above mentioned post tells us not to read too much into these rankings.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20625 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:15:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20625 Development definitely doesn’t stop when you are promoted to the majors. Players need to make the successful jump, then adjust to any adjustments made against them. A key example of this is Alvarez. He made the jump in 2010. Adjustments were made against him in 2011. He’s now adjusting back in 2012, and I wouldn’t say he’s done improving on his game.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20624 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:13:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20624 Well said leadoff

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20622 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:30:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20622 Taillon’s injury came pre-2011. I knew about it during Spring Training that year. But it was so minor that it wasn’t even worth mentioning.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20621 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:21:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20621 Just pointing out the hand to hand drills was not part of the Navy Seal training and Huntington said Taillon did not participate in the Navy Seal training. He also said there are other organizations that do the same training.
The Pittsburgh Penquins did it and it was a great thing, I guess anything Mario okays is a great thing.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20620 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:17:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20620 The Pirates development of minor league players IMO is going very well.
This column does not tell the whole story however, because it is only focused on minor league development.
There are two development processes for a player in every system.
1. Minor league development, 0-6 years on average
2. Major league development, 0-4 years on average
At this point in time the Pirates minor league talent that has gone to the major league level has not been there long enough to fully develop, not even McCutchen. This is why I can’t draw very many conclusions from anything they do. One day they look like world beaters, the next they look like trash, thats not uncommon with developing players.
Next year you should see a better Marte, Walker, Presley, Tabata, Locke, McPherson.
Some of these players will not develop at the major league level simply because they won’t get a chance, like an Alvarez did.
Mercer or Holt might never make it or might do well for someone else, because they just will not play enough, the Pirates have a manager that likes to use about 22 of his 25 players most of the time.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-some-perspective-on-prospect-rankings.html#comment-20619 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:10:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42417#comment-20619 I thought NH said that JT was NOT hurt in the drills?? Thought I read that somewhere/

Other than that, I agree with you.

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