Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 16 – Jordy Mercer

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40 31-35 30 – Brian Friday 29 – Aaron Pribanic 28 – Evan Chambers 27 – Brock Holt 26 –...

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Jordy Mercer Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Jordy Mercer in the third round of the 2008 MLB draft. He signed right away, and got his career started in A-ball, with 216 at-bats between State College and Hickory in 2008. In that time he hit for a .250/.297/.366 line, with five homers, and a 47:13 K/BB ratio. In 2009 he moved up to Lynchburg, playing the entire season in high-A. Mercer hit for a .255/.314/.400 line, with 10 homers, a Carolina League...

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Pirates interested in Ryota Igarashi

According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in Japanese relief pitcher Ryota Igarashi. The following quote came from Pirates general manager, Neal Huntington: “In acquiring(Akinori) Iwamura, we opened the door to getting Japanese players. We gave up a middle reliever to get Iwamura, so he [Igarashi] is a player we have interest in.” Patrick also adds that Iwamura and Igarashi played together in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 17 – Colton Cain

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40 31-35 30 – Brian Friday 29 – Aaron Pribanic 28 – Evan Chambers 27 – Brock Holt 26 –...

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Pirates release Yoslan Herrera and others

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released the following players from their minor league system: RHP Yoslan Herrera, RHP Tyler Herron, 1B Kent Sakamoto, 3B Eddie Prasch, 3B Bobby Spain, 3B Brett Willemburg, OF Butch Biela, OF Justin Byler, OF Jason Delaney, OF Jared Keel No big losses here, although there are a few notable names. Herrera had a nice season last year, with a 3.23 ERA in 97.2 innings in AA, and a...

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