Comments on: Pirates Get Favorable Rankings in the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: rburgh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html#comment-25032 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 03:20:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47166#comment-25032 If I am Neal Huntingdon, I am on the phone with Cleveland and KC offering both of them their choice of Locke or McPherson for Dorssys Paulino or Adalberto Mondesi, so the guy we get back can run through the minors with Dilson Herrera as his DP partner. Guys like Glasnow, Clay Holmes, and Adrian Sampson make McPherson (who I like) relatively expendable. Probably I ask for a PTBNL caliber pitcher in the deal, but those guys are both that good (no disrespect to Alen Hanson, but you can never have too many SS prospects and those guys are two years behind him).

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html#comment-25000 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:03:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47166#comment-25000 I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t use his 2-seamer a lot, especially during the first part of the season when they were really putting a focus on him keeping the ball down. I think that’s ultimately part of the issue with ranking some pitchers. So many of the organizations, especially the Pirates, work to focus their pitchers on specific areas of their game that it’s hard to really get a handle on what kind of pitcher he’ll be until he gets to AAA, or is about to be bumped up. Obviously, given Cole’s age and experience, they weren’t going to handle him with kid gloves like they did Taillon the first year, but I can easily see his 2-seamer being an early casualty in favor of fastball control, continuing to develop his changeup, and keeping the slider down in the zone. There are only so many pitches to work with during a game. Coming into this season, I think the focus the organization puts on him is to continue to implement the lessons from last year, while working to be MLB ready, thus, the 2-seamer will likely make a resurgence.

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By: PghPinstripes http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html#comment-24997 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:56:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47166#comment-24997 and he was drafted by the Yankees and didn’t sign, so there is that.

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By: millec311 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html#comment-24996 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:28:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47166#comment-24996 Did Cole also have limited use of his 2 Seam fastball? I have heard conflicting reports about his fastball movement ranging from non existent to explosive movement and don’t know if that is due to whether the Scout saw the 2 Seamer or not

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html#comment-24995 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:43:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47166#comment-24995 Yeah, I realize there’s always going to be a bias in regards to the major league coverage, but when you’re talking about prospects, individual players, I wish you couldn’t say the same thing. I mean, Cole’s going to come into the league and have a top-5 fastball, and he won’t be #5, that’s for sure. Idk, it’s hard to say a guy isn’t getting enough respect when he’s ranked consistently in the top-10 of prospects, but with his arsenal and lack of control problems, he should be higher than the 8′s and 9′s I’ve seen.

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By: whiteAngus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html#comment-24994 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:11:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47166#comment-24994 Cole has had the change up for quite a while actually. His problem in college, and sometimes in the minors, is leaving his fastball up in the zone.
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Cole has some of the best stuff in the minors and the fact that he keeps the high heat going late into games shows that he has true ace potential. but ask yourself this: if Cole were in another farm system, like the Cardinals, Braves or Yankees, would he be ranked higher because he is not a Pirate?

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By: Spazaru http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-get-favorable-rankings-in-the-baseball-prospectus-top-101.html#comment-24993 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:36:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47166#comment-24993 I think people don’t love Cole in some cases because in college he was maddeningly hit-able despite his overwhelming stuff. He’s working on a change up now though and that might help a lot as he moves through Triple A and hopefully into the majors.

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