Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report
Apr25

Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report

Here are a few interesting prospect links for your Friday afternoon. **Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated writes that Gregory Polanco is the next big thing. He mostly talks with people in the organization, who compare Polanco favorably to people like Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen. I’ve said many times that I believe Polanco can be better than McCutchen, so I would be one who agrees with this assertion that Polanco is the next...

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First Pitch: Brandon Cumpton Should Stay in the Pirates Rotation
Apr25

First Pitch: Brandon Cumpton Should Stay in the Pirates Rotation

Brandon Cumpton replaced the injured Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation today, and had another great outing in the majors. Cumpton gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings, with a walk and five strikeouts. That’s just a continuation of what Cumpton has done so far in the majors. In his 37.2 innings in the majors, he has a 2.15 ERA, along with a 27:6 K/BB ratio. Rodriguez will be starting a rehab assignment soon, and...

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Pirates Promote Brandon Cumpton For Today’s Start
Apr24

Pirates Promote Brandon Cumpton For Today’s Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis for today’s start. Cumpton is replacing Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation for at least this start, and could make additional starts while Rodriguez is out. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates optioned Jared Hughes to Triple-A. Hughes was called up earlier in the week when Wandy Rodriguez went on the disabled list,...

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First Pitch: How Ike Davis Impacts the First Base Prospects in the System
Apr24

First Pitch: How Ike Davis Impacts the First Base Prospects in the System

Now that Ike Davis is a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they potentially have their first base position under control for the next three years. Davis might not work out, but if he plays up to his career numbers, he’ll be a good platoon player at the least. The Pirates didn’t have a great first base option for the long-term in the minor leagues. The best bet in the short-term was Andrew Lambo, who was a converted...

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Crushes Two More Home Runs
Apr24

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Crushes Two More Home Runs

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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