Top Performers: Even Without Taillon and Glasnow, Pirates Get Strong Pitching
Apr07

Top Performers: Even Without Taillon and Glasnow, Pirates Get Strong Pitching

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. Normally in this weekly article, the top ten scores would be the only ones included in the write-up below. Since this was a shortened week, only the top five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the...

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First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them
Apr07

First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Once upon a time, it seemed like every top pitching prospect the Pittsburgh Pirates had would go down with a major injury. Bobby Bradley, Kris Benson, Sean Burnett, Bryan Bullington, John Van Benschoten, and plenty of others were plagued by injuries. Some of those injuries were career altering. But over the last several years, that trend has disappeared. Under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been extremely cautious with their...

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Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?
Apr06

Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?

At the start of the week, Jameson Taillon received his second opinion on his injured right elbow. After the opinion the Pirates and Taillon were quiet as the Pirates decided the next step. Today we learned that Taillon will have Tommy John surgery. Taillon was expected to arrive in Pittsburgh this year by mid-season, with the hope that he’d do his best Gerrit Cole impression and look like an ace by the end of the 2014 season....

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Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes Injured in West Virginia Game
Apr06

Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes Injured in West Virginia Game

The sixth inning of today’s West Virginia Power game saw outfielders Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes go down with injuries. Barnes came up favoring his right leg as he reached first base on an infield single to shortstop. It wasn’t apparent where the injury took place, although it looked like he grabbed the back of his leg when he hit the bag, which could indicate a hamstring injury. Barnes has a pretty bad injury...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Homers, Nick Kingham Throws Six Shutout Innings
Apr06

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Homers, Nick Kingham Throws Six Shutout Innings

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 (Tony Sanchez #11, 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 (Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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