Morning Report: Why Minor League Playoffs Matter
Aug17

Morning Report: Why Minor League Playoffs Matter

Most of the time we say that minor league records don’t matter, and that’s mostly because it doesn’t give you a sense of how good the farm system can be. Back in the Littlefield era, the Pirates would win league titles and have nothing to show for it down the line because they stacked the teams with older players who were too good for the level, but not good enough to be considered true prospects. That approach...

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Prospect Watch: Big Night For JaCoby Jones and West Virginia’s Bats
Aug16

Prospect Watch: Big Night For JaCoby Jones and West Virginia’s Bats

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Morning Report: Revisiting the Comparison Between Two Five-Tool Outfielders
Aug16

Morning Report: Revisiting the Comparison Between Two Five-Tool Outfielders

Down in the GCL, outfielder Alexis Bastardo is quietly having a strong season in his limited playing time. Part of the reason he hasn’t seen much time, is that he was battling a shoulder injury early in the year. When doing the top prospects list from the DSL last year, I got reports that Bastardo was just as good as fellow GCL outfielder Tito Polo. One person that saw them play often had Bastardo ranked higher, while another...

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Morning Report: 2014 Draft Pick With Eye-Popping Numbers
Aug15

Morning Report: 2014 Draft Pick With Eye-Popping Numbers

When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted John Sever in the 20th round this year, it didn’t get much attention. He is a 6’5″ lefty that can get it into the 90’s with his fastball, so that obviously warrants some attention, but being drafted so low and not requiring a big bonus, he got lost in the shuffle. He also had some control issues this year, wasn’t rated high and the scouting reports said he needed work...

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Prospect Watch: Sampson Gets Hit Hard in AAA Debut, Jones Homers Again
Aug14

Prospect Watch: Sampson Gets Hit Hard in AAA Debut, Jones Homers Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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