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Week In Review: OBP, Players of the Month, 2014 Draft Prospects

The Pirates got a little bit of a break this week due to a few rain delays. They ended up going 2-3 in the short week, winning two games in comeback fashion over the weekend. At the start of the week they had fallen so much that they were no longer projected as playoff contenders.

Nate Barnes wrote this week about how the Pirates are looking to improve the offense by emphasizing On-Base Percentage. Nate also looked specifically at how that emphasis was working out. Of course the offense has been a big issue this year, with a lot of players under-performing. I looked at two bounce back candidates in Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez. If the Pirates wanted another boost for the offense before Gregory Polanco arrives, then they should consider calling up Andrew Lambo for right field.

**Jeff Locke Will Start For the Pirates on Monday. It’s only expected to be a spot start, since the Pirates won’t need a regular fifth starter until May 24th.

**Stolmy Pimentel to DL, Cumpton Sent Down, Hughes and Mazzaro Return


This week we announced our Player and Pitcher of the Month for the month of April. To no surprise, Gregory Polanco was the Player of the Month For April. Polanco also got some national recognition, being named to Baseball America’s April All-Prospect Team. Of course the biggest topic surrounding Polanco is when he will arrive in the majors. That largely depends on the Super Two deadline, even if the Pirates won’t say that. I wrote about why teams don’t come out and openly discuss the Super Two deadline.

Casey Sadler was the Pitcher of the Month For April. He is currently in the Majors, and made his debut this week, pitching two shutout innings on two separate occasions. Ryan Palencer wrote about how the sinker is working early for Sadler, leading to his success in Indianapolis and the majors. Sadler being named the Pitcher of the Month was impressive, especially considering the strong pitching throughout the minors in April.

**Ryan Palencer wrote about how Andy Oliver is dominating, but still has questions with his control. Ryan also wrote about the depth that is coming out of Indianapolis this year to help the Pirates.

**Top Performers: Pirates Hitters Cutting Down on Strikeouts in the Minors

**Top Performers: Sadler, Sampson, and Glasnow Off to Good Starts

**Weekly Transactions

**Here are the minor league recaps from this week, highlighting all of the notable prospect performances each day.

**And here are the Prospect Highlights from this last week, looking at clips of some of the best plays from the top prospects over the last week.

2014 Draft

by John Dreker

The 2014 amateur draft is just under a month away and we started our preview of the players mentioned most in the Pirates range. Each Thursday we will profile four new players leading up to the draft on June 5th. In the upcoming days, we should start to see more mock drafts as the industry experts get a better idea of where these players are ranked.

**2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Sean Newcomb, Braxton Davidson, Casey Gillaspie, Spencer Adams Profiles for the four players mentioned most often in Pirates range.

**Draft Prospect Watch: Casey Gillaspie Homers Twice, Sean Newcomb Throws Two-Hitter The two players mentioned most in the Pirates range both have big games on Saturday.

**Draft Prospect Watch: Trea Turner Scores Five Runs in Carlos Rodon’s Win The two big names for North Carolina State help them to victory over Coastal Carolina. Article also has links to the best articles on the draft and who the Pirates might take.

**Getting to Know Some Potential Pirates First Round Draft Picks Video highlights of the four players mentioned in the previous link

**Draft Prospect Watch: Sean Newcomb or Casey Gillaspie? Mock drafts and rankings

**Updated MLB.com Draft Prospect Rankings New rankings for the top prospects in the draft.

**Draft Prospect Watch: Michael Chavis Hits Four Homers In Two Days Chavis has been mentioned often in the Pirates range. Also updates on the best college relievers.

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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

    I think we can take Newcomb out of the mix for the Pirates, I don’t see him anywhere near the Pirates in the draft, IMO, he could go anywhere between 10-15.

    • John Dreker

      He started the year going to the Pirates in a couple mock drafts. Then he pitched great for six weeks and moved up. Then when he had a couple straight poor outings, he dropped back down and his start this week probably helped his case. His problem is the schedule he faces is very weak, so you can’t compare his numbers straight up to most of the other pitchers we cover. He hit 95 MPH on his last pitch this week in a complete game shutout, so that alone probably helped his ranking. If he finishes strong, I could see him going 10-15 easy

  • leadoff

    I like the way all the starters for the Pirates are throwing these days, I know the results are not there yet, but that will come when the defense improves.

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