Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/12

Callups, or the possibility of them, gathered a lot of attention during the past week.  Injuries forced the Pirates to bring up two relievers and more injuries, combined with anemic offensive production, has fans discussing the possibility of still more.  Several Indianapolis Indians added some urgency to the discussion by doing something almost nobody on the big league team is doing:  hitting the ball. TRENDING UP Chase...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Recap

Links to Previous Draft Coverage: Day One: Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round Day Three: Pirates Go Heavy on Bats 2011 Draft Pick Player Pages 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker Thanks to MLB’s misbegotten efforts to control draft bonuses, August 15 has become nearly as important an event as the draft itself. That’s the deadline for signing draft picks, with the exception of...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/5

There weren’t a lot of extreme performances one way or the other in the past week.  Several pitchers, including Rudy Owens, Aaron Pribanic, and Brandon Cumpton, combined one good start with one bad one.  Matt Curry got an uncharacteristic (for this front office) two-level promotion, while Kyle McPherson flirted with a no-hitter. TRENDING UP Gorkys Hernandez, CF (AAA): Hernandez continued to pull his season out of the fire after...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/29

The biggest news for the farm system came at the end of the week, with reports that Josh Harrison and possibly Dusty Brown would be promoted to the Pirates to fill in for the injured Steve Pearce and Ryan Doumit.  Both had been having strong seasons at Indianapolis.  Otherwise, several struggling prospects started getting on track with the bat, a couple others didn’t, and a relief prospect finally emerged from the missing persons...

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Prospect Trends, Taxi Squad Edition — Week Ending 5/22

This week I thought I’d address a series of “What if . . . . ?” questions, as in “What would the Pirates do if they needed a (insert position here)?”  Major league teams now treat their AAA affiliates largely as taxi squads.  It’s rare for a AAA team to have more than a handful of prospects, so rosters are often loaded with players whom the parent club can call up if they need help due to injuries...

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