P3 Episode 18: Prospect Talk With Pirates Farm Director Larry Broadway

Pirates Prospects PodcastEpisode 18 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. We moved the major league show back this week, due to James Santelli being on the West Coast covering the Pirates. Instead, I was joined by Pirates Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway, who discussed several of the top prospects in the system. Highlights of the show include:

**We were recording at McKechnie Field in Bradenton during a rain delay on Thursday, so the first topic was Bradenton first baseman Stetson Allie and his breakout season.

Running through some of the top ten prospects:

**Can Jameson Taillon be ready by mid-season 2014?

**It takes a long time for tall, skinny athletes like Gregory Polanco and Tyler Glasnow to get a feel for their body, but when they do they really start taking off.

**Can Gregory Polanco make it to Indianapolis by the end of the year? I got no answer, but we discussed what a player needs to do to move up.

**We talked about Alen Hanson’s defense, and how he shows the ability to stick at shortstop but can mess up on routine plays. Broadway says the Pirates feel he can be an everyday shortstop.

**Polanco and Hanson were breakout prospects last year in West Virginia. Tyler Glasnow is this year’s breakout prospect. I ask if his upside could be the same as Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. This all came before Glasnow’s 13 strikeouts in five innings last night.

**Josh Bell is showing some power this year, although there have been reports that his swing from the right side needs work. We discuss his season and the swing.

**Broadway gives his thoughts on how Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire have started off.

**Next year the Pirates might have a crunch at catcher in low-A, with McGuire, Wyatt Mathisen, and Jin-De Jhang all projected at the position. It’s still early, but how will they manage all three players?

**Can Austin Meadows be an impact power guy in the majors?

**Broadway scouted and signed Nick Kingham in the 2010 draft. We talk about his progression so far as a pro, going from an over-slot prep pitcher to a guy who is hitting 97-98 MPH at times this year.

**The Pirates have taken a lot of over-slot prep pitchers. They’ve seen several break out, led by Glasnow and Kingham. We talk about what leads to an increase in velocity and the topic of projectability.

**Luis Heredia started late this season due to some conditioning issues, but has made some lifestyle changes since then. His biggest issue this year has been the walks, mostly due to his inability to control his body at a young age.

**Music: ‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com

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‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • leadoff

    Great to hear from a top scout and an important figure in the Pirates minor league system. Sometimes we get carried away with stats and it seems that Broadway sees development first and stats second.
    From an old realtor, you have to have the roof on the house before it can stop the rain.

  • leadoff

    I don’t think the Pirates use a system that will put them in the Castro syndrome. Castro came up to the Cubs at 20 years old and everyone raved about him, but he was not developed yet, now they have field character issues with him that should have been ironed out in the minors and a 20 year old SS that will probably push him out of a job next year.

  • https://www.facebook.com/adam.bindas Adam Bindas

    I enjoyed having a guest on the show, especially someone higher in the Hierarchy. Hearing from different people on the inside always improves quality of conversations in topics where normally we wouldn’t get information. I can’t wait to have arguments during spring training and mid-season next year about what to do with Cumpton, Johnson, and Pimentel, and Taillion, Kingham, McPherson, and Irwin. Looks like a major league ready arms for high ceiling bats is in order

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      I’d like to have people on the show more often. But usually the way the show works is on Wednesday night or Thursday morning I realize “It’s already time to record a new show!” This was a rare week where I actually planned ahead. If it wasn’t for the rain in Bradenton, it might not have happened.

      I’m hoping to do more interviews when things settle down once the minor league season is over.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Tim – Just listened to the interview and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the comments made by each of the players you asked about – namely the top 10.

    If you have an opportunity to do another similar interview, I would enjoy hearing his comments about some of the players who are performing very well, but are not found on any of the top 10, top 20, etc. lists – just to hear what the organization thinks of them and what their future will likely be in 2014.

    The guys I would like to hear about include:

    Alex Dickerson
    Adalberto Santos
    Ryan Hafner
    Walker Gourley
    Thomas Harlan

    Just a thought……thanks again!