Minor League Depth — Outfield, Part 2

The outfield ranks at the lower levels of the Pirates’ system are loaded with very toolsy players who have a ways to go in their development. In most cases, getting better control of the strike zone is the primary mission. The odds are that most of these players won’t develop, but if one or two do, they could have significant ceilings. Unless and until that happens, the Pirates will probably go through a sorting process in which the...

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Minor League Depth — Outfield, Part 1

  Until they signed Josh Bell after the 2011 draft, the Pirates had paid almost no attention to traditional power-hitting, corner outfield prospects under their current front office. Of course, under the previous front office, they paid almost no attention to prospects at all, so it’s been a long time since they had a lot of outfield prospects. They do currently have a number of outfielders who project as potential center...

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Minor League Depth — Third Base

With power hitting down throughout baseball, classic thirdbasemen are increasingly difficult to find. Most teams want a player who hits for power while having the arm and quickness to play the position. In 2011, however, there were only five thirdbasemen who hit 20 HRs and only ten who hit 15. The Pirates are no exception.  Their system doesn’t have any players who profile as regular thirdbasemen in the major leagues. At most levels...

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Minor League Depth — Middle Infield

For the most part, “middle infield prospect” means “shortstop prospect.” A player with the ability to play secondbase at the major league level will usually be able to play short at the amateur and minor league levels. As a result, most major league secondbaseman start off at shortstop. There may be a few players who are strictly prospects at secondbase. Generally, they’re players with good bats who are trying to hang on in the middle...

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Pirates Release Four Lower Level Minor Leaguers

According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released four minor league pitchers.  The four are right-handers Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, and Joe Parsons, and left-hander Diomedes Mateo.  None of the four had advanced far in the team’s farm system.  Fienemann, one of the Pirates’ first signees out of Australia, spent one year in the Gulf Coast League and two with State College in the New York-Penn League, going...

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