Top 10 Pitchers: A Group of Lefties at the Top of the Pitching Ranks Last Week
Jul08

Top 10 Pitchers: A Group of Lefties at the Top of the Pitching Ranks Last Week

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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First Pitch: Even With Polanco in the Majors, Pirates Well Represented in Prospect Rankings
Jul08

First Pitch: Even With Polanco in the Majors, Pirates Well Represented in Prospect Rankings

It was a busy news day today, but the big news to start the day was that the mid-season prospect rankings came out from both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The Pirates had four in the Baseball Prospectus rankings, and had five in Baseball America’s Top 50. Neither list saw the Pirates with any top 20 talent, which isn’t a huge surprise. Gregory Polanco was just promoted, which removes the only guy who had a chance to...

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Prospect Watch: Rehab is the Theme For Monday’s Minor League Games
Jul08

Prospect Watch: Rehab is the Theme For Monday’s Minor League Games

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. 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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Pirates to Place Gerrit Cole on the DL and Call Up Brandon Cumpton
Jul08

Pirates to Place Gerrit Cole on the DL and Call Up Brandon Cumpton

The Pittsburgh Pirates will place right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole on the disabled list and will call up Brandon Cumpton to start Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cole left Friday’s start after five innings due to soreness in his right lat. Because of the upcoming All-Star break, Cole’s DL stint could be back-dated, and he might only miss one start. If he needs to miss more than one start, the...

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Minor Moves: Justin Howard to the Altoona DL, Dan Gamache and Nate Baker Activated
Jul07

Minor Moves: Justin Howard to the Altoona DL, Dan Gamache and Nate Baker Activated

The Altoona Curve have made a few roster moves, adding one player to the disabled list and taking two players off the DL. Justin Howard has been added to the DL with a right ankle injury. Infielder Dan Gamache has been activated from the DL after missing the first three months of the season with a broken foot. Left-handed pitcher Nate Baker has also been activated, after missing time with a left teres major injury. Gamache should see...

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