First Pitch: A Busy Day For 2014 Drafts
May09

First Pitch: A Busy Day For 2014 Drafts

Today was a big day for draft news on the site. No, not the NFL draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers took linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round. If you want to read about that, you should check out the writeup by my friend, Dave Bryan, at Steelers Depot. No, I’m talking about the MLB draft. It’s now a month away, and that’s probably why there was so much news on the subject today. Baseball America released their first...

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Prospect Watch: Big Game For Josh Bell, Harold Ramirez Returns to Lineup
May08

Prospect Watch: Big Game For Josh Bell, Harold Ramirez Returns to Lineup

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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Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez Returns to West Virginia, Matt Curry to Altoona
May08

Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez Returns to West Virginia, Matt Curry to Altoona

Outfielder Harold Ramirez returns to the West Virginia Power today. He went on the disabled list back on April 7th with a hamstring injury. Ramirez is ranked tenth among all prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The injury occurred as he ran down the first base line on a ground ball. At that point, he had played just four games. Barrett Barnes also injured his hamstring running down the line in that same inning and he has yet to...

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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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