Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year
Oct16

Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year

Baseball America released their list of the top independent league players on Thursday, splitting it up between the top five signed and unsigned players. For the signed players, it’s no shock that John Holdzkom was ranked first. He made it all the way to the majors within months of pitching his last game in independent ball. A simple suggestion from his pitching coach this year turned him from a hard-thrower with no control, to...

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Baseball America Places Three Pirates in International League Top 20
Oct15

Baseball America Places Three Pirates in International League Top 20

Baseball America released the International League top 20 prospect list today and it includes three Pittsburgh Pirates players. Scouting reports are now up and can be viewed here. Just like yesterday, this list offers a surprise, though it was nothing like what we saw yesterday with the Eastern League. With the top 20 lists out for all seven affiliates in the U.S.(BA will put out a top 20 DSL/VSL combined list as well), the Pirates...

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Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises
Oct14

Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises

Baseball America released their top 20 list for the Eastern League today and two three Pittsburgh Pirates players were on the list. Two surprises are on the list and they are the top Pirates, a pair you would not suspect. You can see the list here and the scouting reports are linked below. The two players on the list were catcher Elias Diaz in the tenth spot and outfielder Willy Garcia in the 17th spot. I wouldn’t call Diaz a...

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Tyler Glasnow is Baseball America’s Top Prospect in the FSL
Oct06

Tyler Glasnow is Baseball America’s Top Prospect in the FSL

Baseball America has released their top 20 prospects in the Florida State League. The full list can be seen here, and scouting reports can be found in this article for subscribers. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two players on the list, including Tyler Glasnow, who was the top prospect in the league. Josh Bell was the other player on the list, finishing in the top 10. Glasnow led the FSL in a lot of categories, mostly due to his upper 90s...

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Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows Make Baseball America’s Top 20 SAL Prospect List
Oct02

Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows Make Baseball America’s Top 20 SAL Prospect List

Baseball America has released their top 20 list for the South Atlantic League and two Pittsburgh Pirates players made the cut. They ranked catcher Reese McGuire fifth overall and center fielder Austin Meadows was one spot behind him. The two were ranked 1/2 in our West Virginia Power top ten list, with Meadows ranked higher due to his advanced bat and overall game. McGuire has advanced defense at an important position, but his .642...

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Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller Named to Baseball America’s GCL Top 20
Sep24

Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller Named to Baseball America’s GCL Top 20

Baseball America started their individual league top 20 lists today, profiling the Gulf Coast League with their first list. Two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the GCL top 20, with shortstop Cole Tucker coming in at number 11 and right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller landing at number 13. The list can be seen in the link above, and scouting reports for subscribers can be found here. The Pirates selected Tucker in the first round of the...

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