2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Michael Conforto, Luke Weaver, Michael Chavis, Kodi Medeiros
May08

2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Michael Conforto, Luke Weaver, Michael Chavis, Kodi Medeiros

Every Thursday from now until the amateur draft on June 5th, we will preview four players that could be options for the Pittsburgh Pirates with their first round pick. The Pirates select 24th overall, so we will concentrate on players in that range. Last week we previewed Sean Newcomb, Braxton Davidson, Spencer Adams and Casey Gillaspie. You can read the preview of them here and also check videos of them here. The players chosen here...

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Baseball America’s First Mock Draft Has Kyle Schwarber Going to Pirates
May08

Baseball America’s First Mock Draft Has Kyle Schwarber Going to Pirates

Baseball America released their first mock draft of the year and they have the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. This might seem like an odd choice to some with the Pirates having Reese McGuire at West Virginia and Jin-De Jhang at Bradenton, both legit prospects, but there are two things to point out. First is that you always take the best player available, because nothing is a guarantee as far as the future...

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Prospect Highlights:  Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.
May08

Prospect Highlights: Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.

In yesterday’s highlights, we saw a double to the gap from Gregory Polanco, with him driving the ball the other way. He has great speed, but didn’t have to run hard to make it into second base. With that in mind, here is a little sample of Polanco showing off his speed. In Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Scranton/WB, he had an RBI single in the ninth inning, followed by him stealing second base and making it rather easily....

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First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?
May08

First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?

Injuries have been the unfortunate theme for the Pirates’ minor league system this year. Their top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, went down for the season with Tommy John surgery. Several other top ten prospects, including Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, have dealt with injuries this year. Most of the injuries are irrelevant in long-term considerations. For example, Meadows has had some setbacks with his hamstring, but...

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Prospect Watch: Cumpton With a Strong Return; Rojas and Mathisen Homer
May08

Prospect Watch: Cumpton With a Strong Return; Rojas and Mathisen Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Phil Irwin to Be Optioned Back to Triple-A
May07

Phil Irwin to Be Optioned Back to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently called up Phil Irwin to provide the team with bullpen depth over the last two games, with the rest of the bullpen needing a break. Then, Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole threw back-to-back eight inning starts, giving the bullpen the break they needed. Bill Brink reports that Irwin will be optioned back to Triple-A, and that a corresponding move will be announced later. #Pirates are optioning RHP Phil...

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