Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game
Jul07

Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game

The Eastern League All-Star rosters have been announced, and the Altoona Curve will be sending six players to the game. Right handed pitchers Adrian Sampson and Ryan Beckman, catcher Elias Diaz, outfielder Willy Garcia, shortstop Alen Hanson, and infielder/outfielder Drew Maggi have all been selected to the game. This is the third All-Star selection for Hanson, and the first for every other player. The game will be hosted in Altoona...

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Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections
Jul07

Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a big week this past week, going 5-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies. The results showed up in the playoff projections, leading to a big increase in the Pirates’ odds going forward. Just last week I wrote about how the Pirates managed to creep back into the playoff picture. Now they’re in the process of moving up the list of playoff contenders. Each week we will...

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Pirates Place Four in Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Top 50
Jul07

Pirates Place Four in Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Top 50

Today seems to be the day for mid-season top 50 prospect lists. Earlier today, Baseball America released their top 50, with five Pirates making the list. Baseball Prospectus also released their mid-season top 50, and had four Pirates on the list. Jameson Taillon is the highest rated prospect on the list, coming in at number 26.  Taillon was second in the BA rankings, but ranked 24th overall. It seems that, despite his Tommy John...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Are Probably Done Signing 2014 Draft Picks
Jul07

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Probably Done Signing 2014 Draft Picks

There’s one thing the new Collective Bargaining Agreement got right about the MLB draft, and that was speeding up the process to sign draft picks. Under the old system, MLB would delay over-slot deals. Teams would have agreements in place with players on July 6th, but MLB wouldn’t approve the deals until the end of July, or the beginning of August. That cost the Pirates a few picks, including Dace Kime in the 2010 draft....

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Continues His Hot Streak With Two More Homers
Jul06

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Continues His Hot Streak With Two More Homers

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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