Morning Report: Pirates Having Trouble Finding Late Round Draft Talent
Sep15

Morning Report: Pirates Having Trouble Finding Late Round Draft Talent

The current front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been together for seven drafts now. That first draft in 2008 has produced seven players that have reached the majors, so it was quite successful in that regard. For this article though, we are going to take a look at how they did after the first ten rounds and what is left in the system from each year. The closer to 2014 we get, the more we will focus on the group, rather than the...

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Morning Report: Where is the Speed?
Sep14

Morning Report: Where is the Speed?

While looking over the leaders in stolen bases for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, it looks like a lot of players stole bases this year at a decent clip. There were no huge totals, but 29 players reached double-digits and eight of them had at least 20 steals. That might seem good for the future of the Pirates on the surface. When looking at the leaders for each team, the names don’t give you much hope that they will be able...

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Morning Report: Stetson Allie Offers a Rare Combo of Power and Plate Patience
Sep13

Morning Report: Stetson Allie Offers a Rare Combo of Power and Plate Patience

It’s always fun to look back on historic stats to find comparisons for current players in the minor league system. We did it last week with Willy Garcia to show how rare it is for a batter with a low walk rate and high strikeout rate to make an impact in the majors. We also did it for Alen Hanson, to show how rare it is for someone to have his combination of power and speed. Today we take a look at the last two seasons from...

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Morning Report: What Happens When You Get Drafted by a Winter League Team?
Sep12

Morning Report: What Happens When You Get Drafted by a Winter League Team?

There has been a lot of recent news from the winter leagues, so today’s Morning Report is a recap of what’s been going on, along with expanding on the article covering the Dominican Winter League draft from yesterday. Last weekend we took a look at all of the Pirates players on the Mexican Pacific League roster of the Mazatlan Deer, and what we could expect from those players in winter ball. The situation with the...

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Four Pirates Taken in the Dominican Winter League Draft
Sep11

Four Pirates Taken in the Dominican Winter League Draft

The Dominican Winter League held it’s annual draft today and four Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players were taken among the 146 picks. The DWL draft allows teams to reserve players that usually aren’t quite ready for the league yet, so it’s basically players in the low levels of the minors. An example of that was two years ago when Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson and Willy Garcia were all taken within the first 12...

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