Prospect Watch: Offensive Outburst From Jamestown, Bell, Frazier and Ramirez Continue Hit Streaks
Jun28

Prospect Watch: Offensive Outburst From Jamestown, Bell, Frazier and Ramirez Continue Hit Streaks

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note 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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Minor Moves: Jerrick Suiter Assigned to Bristol, Pirates Release Pitcher
Jun28

Minor Moves: Jerrick Suiter Assigned to Bristol, Pirates Release Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates released left-handed pitcher Alexander Gutierrez. He spent one year in the Venezuelan Summer League, then transferred to the Dominican Summer League in 2013 when the Pirates dropped their VSL team. Gutierrez was in Extended Spring Training this year and was placed on the Bristol roster, but never actually made an appearance in 2014. The 21-year-old had major control issues during each of his three seasons and...

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Prospect Highlights: Pitching From Joely Rodriguez and Nick Hutchings
Jun28

Prospect Highlights: Pitching From Joely Rodriguez and Nick Hutchings

Joely Rodriguez retired 11 straight batters to end his outing on Thursday night, with the final out shown in the video below. Rodriguez finished the game with one hit and one run allowed over seven innings. His first taste of AA has been a bit disappointing, with a high BAA and a low strikeout rate. The Pirates have had 26 minor league pitchers throw at least 45 innings this year and Rodriguez’s 4.6 SO/9 is the lowest rate of...

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Minor League Schedule: Second Outing For Billy Roth Tonight
Jun27

Minor League Schedule: Second Outing For Billy Roth Tonight

Eight games on the schedule today.  Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page. Click the link on each pitcher’s name for more information.         AAA: Indianapolis (47-34) @ Louisville (40-41) 6:05pm Probable starter: Jay Jackson (4-2, 4.24)...

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Pirates Plan to Get Connor Joe Reps Behind the Plate in Fall League
Jun27

Pirates Plan to Get Connor Joe Reps Behind the Plate in Fall League

Jonathan Mayo had a an article from a few days ago in which he mentioned that the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to use Connor Joe in the outfielder during the rest of this season, then get him work behind the plate in the Fall Instructional League. The Pirates took Joe with the 39th overall pick in the draft this year and signed him ten days ago. He has been assigned to the Jamestown roster and hasn’t played his first game yet. During...

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