Morning Report: Trying to Get Value Out of Non-Drafted Free Agents
Aug28

Morning Report: Trying to Get Value Out of Non-Drafted Free Agents

Since the beginning of this year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed seven non-drafted free agents. Three of those came before the 2014 draft, but only one of those players is left in the system. Catchers Mitch Slauter and Mike Spano were signed prior to Spring Training and released in early June. That leaves infielder Nathan Sopena, along with the four players signed since this last draft. Those players are catcher Chris Harvey,...

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Morning Report: Former First Baseman Turns His Season Around on the Mound
Aug27

Morning Report: Former First Baseman Turns His Season Around on the Mound

When Jared Lakind was taken in the 23rd round in 2010, the Pittsburgh Pirates gave him a $400,000 bonus to sign. He had thrown 90 MPH from the left side in high school, but the Pirates put him at first base. They gave him three years to try to develop at the plate with no success. In 2013, Lakind came back as a reliever and pitched for Jamestown, where he threw 23.2 innings over 17 appearances. The stats were okay when you factor in...

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Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Win FSL Season Awards
Aug26

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Win FSL Season Awards

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two of their top prospects win season awards on Tuesday afternoon. Pitcher Tyler Glasnow and right fielder Josh Bell were named the top players in the Florida State League. The two Bradenton Marauders stars were named the 2014 Pitcher and Player of the year. Glasnow missed the first month of the season with a back injury, yet still put up impressive numbers. Through 22 starts, he has a 1.67 ERA in 118.1...

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Morning Report:  More Than Just a Cool Name, DuRapau Can Pitch
Aug26

Morning Report: More Than Just a Cool Name, DuRapau Can Pitch

Every year, MiLB.com has their Moniker Madness, which is going on right now. They pick out interesting names from around the minors and let fans pick the best one. Not surprisingly, Pirates 2014 draft pick Montana DuRapau was on the ballot. The 32nd round pick out of Bethune-Cookman is going to make a name for himself if he keeps pitching like he has this year for Jamestown. DuRapau will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He...

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Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 DSL Top Ten Prospect List
Aug25

Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 DSL Top Ten Prospect List

Back in 2012, we posted a top ten prospect list for the Pirates players in the Dominican Summer League. With the DSL season ending last Saturday, it’s time to see how these players have progressed in the last two years. This list was based of a combination of scouting reports, stats, player’s size and age, as well as their signing bonus. Each of the last two seasons, we have been able to get a lot more first-hand scouting...

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