2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent
May31

2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two Dominican Summer League teams last year and spread the talent out between both clubs. With the added affiliate in Bristol this season, the DSL Pirates2 are no more, at least short-term. That leaves you with a team that is deep in the outfield, infield and behind the plate, but not many pitchers of note. A lot of players from the DSL last year moved to the States this season, including the best of the...

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Second Mock Draft From Jonathan Mayo Has College First Baseman For Pirates
May31

Second Mock Draft From Jonathan Mayo Has College First Baseman For Pirates

Jonathan Mayo released his second mock draft on Friday and he still believes that the Pittsburgh Pirates will take Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie. Mayo’s first mock draft was two weeks ago and at that time, Gillaspie was being mentioned often for the Pirates. That talk has died down a little until now. Gillaspie would give the Pirates a switch-hitting first baseman with power, who should move through the system...

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The Pirates Have Dropped One of Their DSL Teams; Basically Moved Team to Bristol
May30

The Pirates Have Dropped One of Their DSL Teams; Basically Moved Team to Bristol

For the first time since 2002, the Pittsburgh Pirates will only have one international rookie league team. The Pirates have had two teams for over a decade, either having a team in the Venezuelan Summer League, or two teams in the Dominican Summer League. In 2012, the Pirates dropped their VSL team, and added a second team in the DSL. This year, they will only have one DSL team. This change comes in the same year that the Pirates...

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Baseball America’s Fourth Mock Draft Has Pirates Adding to Strength
May30

Baseball America’s Fourth Mock Draft Has Pirates Adding to Strength

Baseball America released their fourth mock draft today, this one coming out just six days before the actual draft takes place. They seem to really like one player for the Pittsburgh Pirates and they realize he isn’t a need for the team, but he would be too good to pass up in the 24th spot. For the second time, they have high school outfielder Monte Harrison going to the Pirates. As BA points out, Harrison is a toolsy...

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MLB.com Releases Top 200 Draft Prospect List, Familiar Name In Pirates Spot
May30

MLB.com Releases Top 200 Draft Prospect List, Familiar Name In Pirates Spot

On Friday afternoon, MLB.com released their updated top draft prospect list, rearranging the top 100 and expanding it to 200 spots. The interesting thing about the updated list is the fact that MLB.com now has right-handed prep pitcher Luis Ortiz in the 24th spot. Now this isn’t the same as a mock draft, but Ortiz was recently Keith Law’s pick for the Pirates in his second mock draft. We then featured him yesterday in our...

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2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Alex Blandino, Brandon Finnegan, Ti’Quan Forbes, Luis Ortiz
May29

2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Alex Blandino, Brandon Finnegan, Ti’Quan Forbes, Luis Ortiz

This is part five in our weekly draft preview leading up to the draft. We profile four players each week, focusing on a college pitcher, college hitter and prep pitcher, prep hitter, who have all been mentioned in the Pittsburgh Pirates range in the first round. Next week we will do our final draft preview, covering all the top possibilities for the Pirates. The 2014 amateur draft starts next Thursday and the Pirates have the 24th...

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