Morning Report: Comparing Last Year’s Group to This Year
Sep24

Morning Report: Comparing Last Year’s Group to This Year

Yesterday, we gave scouting reports on all 15 of the new players over from the Dominican Summer League. Today, we take a look at the group of 15 that came over last year for the Fall Instructional League and how they handled the jump to the States. The players that come over from the DSL to the FIL usually return to Bradenton for Spring Training and for the most part, it gives you a good indication of the players that the team thinks...

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Morning Report: Getting to Know the New Players in the Instructional League
Sep23

Morning Report: Getting to Know the New Players in the Instructional League

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their second Fall Instructional League rosterĀ on Monday and the team is loaded with interesting prospects, including 15 players from the Dominican Summer League. The roster has seven of the DSL Ten Prospects to Watch and an eighth(Luis Escobar) is at Pirate City, but not playing due to a late season appendectomy. The two players from that list that didn’t get an invite to the Instructional League...

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Pirates DSL Infielder Suspended For PED Use
Sep22

Pirates DSL Infielder Suspended For PED Use

The Pittsburgh Pirates found out today that Dominican Summer League infielder Johan De Jesus was suspended for 72 games, which is the entire DSL season next year. The cause of the suspension was Nandrolone according to Bill Brink. De Jesus is the second Pirates player suspended this year under theĀ Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Back in August, pitcher Michael Clemens was suspended for 68 games(the length of the...

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Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet
Sep22

Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet

Back in 2011, I took a look at all the amateur free agent players signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Australia. In the article, which can be read here, I said that it didn’t look like the Pirates signed any top prospects yet out of Australia, but the players seemed to be getting better each year. That stayed true the next year when the Pirates signed shortstop Sam Kennelly and pitcher Nick Hutchings. Those two are the best...

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Morning Report: Expect the Hits to Keep Coming
Sep21

Morning Report: Expect the Hits to Keep Coming

If you keep watching the Pirates for the next few years, you should expect the hits to keep coming. I’m talking about the amount of batters being hit during Pirates’ games and it’s mostly due to the philosophy of pitching inside the organization preaches in the minors. With Andrew McCutchen getting hit twice by Matt Garza on Saturday night, now is a time to look back at a subject we covered here during the season....

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