Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects

The 2010 season has been rough for the Pirates’ farm system, and it really shows in the updated top 30.  Gone are top prospects like Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln.  Three of my mid-season top 10 prospects have suffered major injuries, causing them to miss a lot of development time this year.  Three pre-season top 10 prospects have really struggled at the AA level this year.  The system is probably without a Grade...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off for the AAA All-Star Game.  Erik Kratz was the lone representative.  He went 0-for-1, then was called up to the majors. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star Game.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a grand slam.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs.  Hector Gimenez went 0-for-2.  Matt Hague went 0-for-2....

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Mel Rojas Jr to Sign With Pirates

According to Chuck Finder, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to sign third round pick Mel Rojas Jr.  Rojas is on his way to Pittsburgh to take a tour and undergo medical examinations today, according to Finder, and will sign his contract on Thursday. There have been various reports that Rojas was asking for seven figures, and first round money.  I can’t imagine he received that amount if the deal is getting signed now, unless...

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Nathan Baker Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Nathan Baker to Bradenton, according to a West Virginia team press release.  Baker made 16 starts in West Virginia this year, with a 2.99 ERA in 87.1 innings, plus a 6.5 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9 ratio.  Baker recently had a nice string of starts in the last week, first pitching eight no-hit innings with no walks and eight strikeouts, and following that up with six innings, allowing an unearned...

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More on the Dace Kime Story

After posting the story about 2010 8th rounder Dace Kime choosing to go to Louisville, I started thinking about the comments in the article and the timeline involved.  I did some research, and came up with the following timeline: June 6th: Kime’s high school graduation June 8th: Kime drafted June 15th: Kime scheduled to pitch for Midland Redskins June 30th: The last date for Louisville freshman orientation July 29th: Louisville...

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