Prospect Watch: Offensive Outburst From Jamestown, Bell, Frazier and Ramirez Continue Hit Streaks
Jun28

Prospect Watch: Offensive Outburst From Jamestown, Bell, Frazier and Ramirez Continue Hit Streaks

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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Pirates Activate Gerrit Cole, Option Brandon Cumpton
Jun28

Pirates Activate Gerrit Cole, Option Brandon Cumpton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list. They have optioned Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster. The move to activate Cole today was expected, as Clint Hurdle said earlier in the week that he would be starting tonight. The thing we didn’t know at the time is what the corresponding roster move would be. Brandon Cumpton made the most sense, as...

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The Latest on the Gregory Polanco Extension Talk
Jun28

The Latest on the Gregory Polanco Extension Talk

An extension for Gregory Polanco has been a hot topic this year. The Pirates made Polanco an offer during Spring Training, which was rejected. Earlier this week, Polanco said he was still open to negotiations on a deal. Jon Heyman has the latest on where the two sides stand, which apparently is still far apart. Heyman says that the Pirates have made a few offers for different lengths, including one believed to be a ten-year extension,...

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Austin Meadows to Make His Return to the Field on Monday
Jun28

Austin Meadows to Make His Return to the Field on Monday

With Gregory Polanco in the majors, the top hitting prospect in the system is now outfielder Austin Meadows. We have yet to see Meadows in action this year, due to hamstring problems that have kept him out for the first four months of the season. A few weeks ago I reported that Meadows had started on-field activities, and was making his way back to where he could play in games. The expectation at the time was that he’d start off...

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First Pitch: The Sequel to the Mark Melancon Trade
Jun28

First Pitch: The Sequel to the Mark Melancon Trade

There are two things I feel should be common knowledge by now about relief pitchers. 1. Relief pitchers are very volatile. 2. ERA is a horrible stat to evaluate relievers. The Pittsburgh Pirates have had success finding strong relievers at low costs because they’ve ignored short-term struggles, and have looked past a poor ERA to see potential with advanced metrics. Meanwhile, other teams give out long-term deals to relievers,...

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Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez Extends Hit Streak to 19 Games
Jun28

Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez Extends Hit Streak to 19 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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