2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Michael Conforto, Luke Weaver, Michael Chavis, Kodi Medeiros
May08

2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Michael Conforto, Luke Weaver, Michael Chavis, Kodi Medeiros

Every Thursday from now until the amateur draft on June 5th, we will preview four players that could be options for the Pittsburgh Pirates with their first round pick. The Pirates select 24th overall, so we will concentrate on players in that range. Last week we previewed Sean Newcomb, Braxton Davidson, Spencer Adams and Casey Gillaspie. You can read the preview of them here and also check videos of them here. The players chosen here...

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Baseball America’s First Mock Draft Has Kyle Schwarber Going to Pirates
May08

Baseball America’s First Mock Draft Has Kyle Schwarber Going to Pirates

Baseball America released their first mock draft of the year and they have the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. This might seem like an odd choice to some with the Pirates having Reese McGuire at West Virginia and Jin-De Jhang at Bradenton, both legit prospects, but there are two things to point out. First is that you always take the best player available, because nothing is a guarantee as far as the future...

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Prospect Highlights:  Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.
May08

Prospect Highlights: Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.

In yesterday’s highlights, we saw a double to the gap from Gregory Polanco, with him driving the ball the other way. He has great speed, but didn’t have to run hard to make it into second base. With that in mind, here is a little sample of Polanco showing off his speed. In Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Scranton/WB, he had an RBI single in the ninth inning, followed by him stealing second base and making it rather easily....

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Minor League Schedule: Adrian Sampson Tries to Continue Breakout Season
May07

Minor League Schedule: Adrian Sampson Tries to Continue Breakout Season

Today’s Starters: Jake Brigham, Adrian Sampson, John Kuchno, Dovydas Neverauskas

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Draft Prospect Watch: Jeff Hoffman to Have Tommy John Surgery, Prep Arm Pulls Out of Draft
May07

Draft Prospect Watch: Jeff Hoffman to Have Tommy John Surgery, Prep Arm Pulls Out of Draft

Some mid-week draft news and it’s not good for East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman, who will now have Tommy John Surgery. He missed his last two starts with what was called “mild arm soreness”. It turns out that his junior season is now over and should he return to college, he would miss most of next season as well. Hoffman was rated around 5/6 for most people before the injury, so it should be very interesting to see...

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