The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top
Oct21

The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top

Not only did Baseball America release the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 draft report card yesterday, they also gave a first look at the top 50 for the 2015 draft. Admittedly, that list will change 100 times before the draft starts and with compensation picks and teams losing picks for signing free agents, the draft order will change almost as much. This list is just to give you a rough outline of what could be available to the Pirates when...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Throws Four Shutout Innings, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times
Oct21

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Throws Four Shutout Innings, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

Joely Rodriguez got the start on Monday night for Scottsdale, coming off three shutout innings his last time out. He did even better this time out, throwing four shutout innings. Three Pirates were in the starting lineup as Scottsdale won 7-3 to move to 6-6 on the season. Rodriguez gave up a single to the first batter, then immediately erased him on a pick-off. He struck out the next hitter, then got a fly ball to center field on the...

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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Picks Up Two Hits in First Start
Oct20

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Picks Up Two Hits in First Start

Both Sunday and Monday were quiet days in the winter leagues, with just two games played Monday and Sunday had a game postponed, plus two teams with Pirates players were scheduled off. On to the little bit of action to cover and we start with a missed at-bat from Saturday in the Dominican. Andy Vasquez struck out as a pinch-hitter late in the game for Toros del Este. It was his first game of the season. On Sunday night, Mel Rojas Jr....

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Baseball America’s 2014 Pirates Draft Report Card
Oct20

Baseball America’s 2014 Pirates Draft Report Card

Baseball America has released their 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates draft report card, which gives insight into the best tools among pitchers and position players. John Manuel did the report and said that the Pirates didn’t get a lot of players that currently have plus tools, but Cole Tucker, Mitch Keller, Trey Supak and Gage Hinsz offer future potential. You can read more in the link above, but here is a quick summary of the best tools...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut
Oct19

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut

On Saturday night in winter ball, eleven Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action between play in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican. In the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his season debut and it was a great one. He went 2-for-3, collecting two singles, two walks and he scored four runs. Hanson was at second base, where he expects to play all winter. Willy Garcia also made his debut, coming into the game as a pinch-runner in the sixth...

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