First Pitch: Can the Pirates Farm System Stay Healthy in the Second Half?
Jul09

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Farm System Stay Healthy in the Second Half?

The first half of the 2014 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was full of injuries. More than half of the top ten prospects suffered an injury at one point in time, with a few of the top 20 guys going down for the year. The good news was that Gregory Polanco developed as planned, and there were a few breakouts, such as JaCoby Jones and Josh Bell at the plate, along with Adrian Sampson on the mound. Over the last few weeks...

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Prospect Watch: Five Home Runs in Five Games For JaCoby Jones
Jul09

Prospect Watch: Five Home Runs in Five Games For JaCoby Jones

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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Andrew Lambo Could Return to Indianapolis After the All-Star Break
Jul08

Andrew Lambo Could Return to Indianapolis After the All-Star Break

Andrew Lambo went down with a thumb injury in early May. Originally he thought it was a bruised thumb, and was scheduled to take a few weeks off. By the end of his three-week break it was determined that he would need surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament. “I hate taking myself out of the lineup,” Lambo said on the initial evaluation and trying to return after a break. “It’s better to be aware of your...

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First Round Pick Cole Tucker Suffers a Minor Thumb Injury
Jul08

First Round Pick Cole Tucker Suffers a Minor Thumb Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates first round pick Cole Tucker has suffered a minor thumb injury, which will keep him out for a few days. The shortstop suffered the injury in Monday’s game against the GCL Yankees in Tampa. “The field was wet and there was a ground ball up the middle,” Tucker said, describing how the injury happened. “I ran for it, but I kind of slipped and put my glove down to brace myself, and my thumb just...

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Barrett Barnes Close to a Return From His Hamstring Injury
Jul08

Barrett Barnes Close to a Return From His Hamstring Injury

Barrett Barnes is getting closer to returning from his latest hamstring injury. The center fielder played seven innings today in a GCL game, marking the third straight game where he has played seven. The Pirates have him progressing on a rehab schedule where he will play three games at five innings, three at seven, and three full games. Barnes has played the first six games, and will progress to full games as the next part of his...

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