DSL Season Recap: Pirates Look Strong Up the Middle and at the Top of Their Rotation
Aug28

DSL Season Recap: Pirates Look Strong Up the Middle and at the Top of Their Rotation

The DSL Pirates went 34-36 this year, playing with an inexperienced team. Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates had two affiliates in the DSL, so we had 70 players in all to cover in the season recap. Many of those players moved up to the United States this year to help fill out roster space due to the new Bristol affiliate. After eight DSL players were released back in May, that left the Pirates team filled with first year players and a...

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Morning Report: Trying to Get Value Out of Non-Drafted Free Agents
Aug28

Morning Report: Trying to Get Value Out of Non-Drafted Free Agents

Since the beginning of this year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed seven non-drafted free agents. Three of those came before the 2014 draft, but only one of those players is left in the system. Catchers Mitch Slauter and Mike Spano were signed prior to Spring Training and released in early June. That leaves infielder Nathan Sopena, along with the four players signed since this last draft. Those players are catcher Chris Harvey,...

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First Pitch: Who is the Pirates’ MVP So Far?
Aug28

First Pitch: Who is the Pirates’ MVP So Far?

As the playoff race heats up, there will be three big topics that Pittsburgh Pirates fans will be discussing over the final month. 1. Forget this amazing playoff race! Let’s focus on whether Russell Martin will return in the off-season. 2. My doctor said I can only watch public access TV because the Pirates’ bullpen does horrible things for my blood pressure. 3. (Insert Player Here) is the MVP. That third one is what...

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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits Sixth Homer in Last Seven Games
Aug28

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits Sixth Homer in Last Seven Games

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System
Aug27

Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System

The 2014 season has been a nice breakout campaign for Elias Diaz, which sees him finishing up at Triple-A and emerging as one of the best catching prospects in the system. One of the main reason Diaz has reached this level is that he has seen tremendous progress at the plate over the last two seasons. In 326 at bats with Altoona this season, Diaz hit .328 with an .823 OPS. This included 20 doubles and six home runs. As for the...

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Josh Bell Discusses His Move to First Base and His Knee Injury
Aug27

Josh Bell Discusses His Move to First Base and His Knee Injury

Yesterday it was announced that Josh Bell will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he will play exclusively at first base. While in Altoona, Bell had been taking reps before the games with infield coordinator Gary Green, until a bone bruise in his left knee caused him to sit out the last couple of weeks of the season. Bell said that his knee felt good, and that he was only a few days away before he can begin to ramp up his...

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