First Pitch: Gregory Polanco, The Draft, and Starting Pitching
Jun05

First Pitch: Gregory Polanco, The Draft, and Starting Pitching

If you missed my report earlier today, sources told me that Gregory Polanco will be called up on Friday. The details of the report said that Polanco will leave Indianapolis tomorrow and be activated on Friday. After my report came out, Ken Rosenthal followed with the same report. Then Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan. Then Chris Cotillo, who broke every signing and transaction this off-season it seems, had the same information....

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Sources: Gregory Polanco to be Promoted on Friday
Jun04

Sources: Gregory Polanco to be Promoted on Friday

I received word from two different sources that Gregory Polanco will be getting the call to Pittsburgh on Thursday, and will be activated for Friday’s game.┬áHe is still in Indianapolis, and is expected to leave tomorrow for Pittsburgh. Polanco has been destroying Triple-A pitching, and the only reason he is down is due to Super Two status. If he is called up on Friday, and remains in the majors the rest of the year, he will end...

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Luis Heredia Activated From the West Virginia DL
Jun04

Luis Heredia Activated From the West Virginia DL

Luis Heredia has been activated from the West Virginia disabled list. Heredia will return to the rotation tonight after missing about two months with shoulder soreness. Heredia only has one real start this year, which he made on April 6th. He threw five innings, giving up four runs on six hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. In his next start, he threw one pitch, then left the game with soreness in his shoulder. That led to...

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Pirates Prospects 2014 MLB Draft Top 100 Tiered Rankings
Jun04

Pirates Prospects 2014 MLB Draft Top 100 Tiered Rankings

The 2014 MLB Draft starts on Thursday at 7 PM, with the first two rounds of the draft taking place that evening. The Pittsburgh Pirates pick 24th, 39th, 64th, and 73rd that day. Rounds 3-10 follow on Friday at 1 PM, and rounds 11-40 are on Saturday at 1 PM. For the last two years, we have released tiered rankings for the top 100 prospects. We start with an average of all of the major draft rankings, then John Dreker and I arrange...

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The 2014 Draft Pick Signing Tracker is Live
Jun04

The 2014 Draft Pick Signing Tracker is Live

Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 MLB draft. By the end of Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have up to 42 new players to keep track of in their minor league system. Not all of these players will sign, obviously. Each year we upload a Draft Pick Signing Tracker, in order to follow who has signed, how much they signed for, and in recent years, how much the Pirates have remaining in their bonus pool. The tracker is by far the most...

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