First Pitch: A Busy Day For 2014 Drafts
May09

First Pitch: A Busy Day For 2014 Drafts

Today was a big day for draft news on the site. No, not the NFL draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers took linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round. If you want to read about that, you should check out the writeup by my friend, Dave Bryan, at Steelers Depot. No, I’m talking about the MLB draft. It’s now a month away, and that’s probably why there was so much news on the subject today. Baseball America released their first...

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First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?
May08

First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?

Injuries have been the unfortunate theme for the Pirates’ minor league system this year. Their top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, went down for the season with Tommy John surgery. Several other top ten prospects, including Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, have dealt with injuries this year. Most of the injuries are irrelevant in long-term considerations. For example, Meadows has had some setbacks with his hamstring, but...

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Prospect Watch: Cumpton With a Strong Return; Rojas and Mathisen Homer
May08

Prospect Watch: Cumpton With a Strong Return; Rojas and Mathisen Homer

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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Phil Irwin to Be Optioned Back to Triple-A
May07

Phil Irwin to Be Optioned Back to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently called up Phil Irwin to provide the team with bullpen depth over the last two games, with the rest of the bullpen needing a break. Then, Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole threw back-to-back eight inning starts, giving the bullpen the break they needed. Bill Brink reports that Irwin will be optioned back to Triple-A, and that a corresponding move will be announced later. #Pirates are optioning RHP Phil...

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MLB Removes Several Podcasts From iTunes, Including P3
May07

MLB Removes Several Podcasts From iTunes, Including P3

Yesterday I got an e-mail from Apple, said that the Pirates Prospects Podcast (P3) had been removed from iTunes. I assumed this was because I hadn’t uploaded a new podcast in a few months, and figured I would just re-submit the show when a new episode came out (which was coming in the next week or two). Today, Aaron Gleeman tweeted that his podcast, “Gleeman and The Geek” was removed from iTunes at the request of...

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