Top 10 Pitchers: Brandon Cumpton Continues Pitching Well…For Indianapolis
May12

Top 10 Pitchers: Brandon Cumpton Continues Pitching Well…For Indianapolis

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Week In Review: Polanco Offer, Roster Moves, Prospect Reports, 2014 Draft
May12

Week In Review: Polanco Offer, Roster Moves, Prospect Reports, 2014 Draft

The big news this week was the revelation that the┬áPirates offered Gregory Polanco a seven year contract. Polanco turned the deal down, obviously, although it didn’t seem like a bad offer. I broke down the deal, comparing it to the deals that Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen received. The summary was that the deal was fair, although Polanco can get more guaranteed money, and more money in his option years with just 1-2 years...

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Prospect Watch: Locke Has a Great Start; Hanson, Jones, and Rojas Homer
May12

Prospect Watch: Locke Has a Great Start; Hanson, Jones, and Rojas 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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Pirates Recall Jaff Decker, Option Brent Morel
May11

Pirates Recall Jaff Decker, Option Brent Morel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Jaff Decker, and have optioned Brent Morel to Triple-A. The set of moves was expected, as we heard late last night that Decker was heading to Pittsburgh. The Pirates needed an extra outfielder with the minor injuries to Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is in the lineup tonight, although Marte is out, being replaced by Jose Tabata in left field. Travis Snider is also back in...

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Prospect Reports: Breaking Down Nick Kingham’s Stuff Against Akron
May11

Prospect Reports: Breaking Down Nick Kingham’s Stuff Against Akron

Follow @CTD_Sypien It was a tale of two Nick Kingham’s on a cool spring Saturday night in Akron, Ohio. Kingham dazzled with consistency during the first three frames, working ahead in the count, repeating his delivery, and working quickly. During his final two frames, Kingham saw diminished control and got out of his quick rhythm on the mound. On the night Kingham threw three pitches to a line up which featured top Indian...

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Prospect Highlights: Great Video of Nick Kingham, Terrific Catch From Chris Dickerson
May11

Prospect Highlights: Great Video of Nick Kingham, Terrific Catch From Chris Dickerson

With very little in the way of highlights from Saturday in the minors, we take a look at a video from mid-April in which Jeff Reese from ROTOscouting.com got nearly six minutes of footage from Nick Kingham’s April 17th start. In that game, Kingham allowed two unearned runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. He really hasn’t been sharp this whole season, throwing too many pitches to get through his day. Even in...

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