What’s Wrong With Jameson Taillon?

It was only a month ago today that most people were wondering when Jameson Taillon would be promoted to Double-A. The 2010 first round pick had a 1.47 ERA in 36.2 innings over his first seven starts in high-A. Along with that impressive ERA was a 36:7 K/BB ratio, and just 25 hits allowed. That was on May 15th. Taillon was scheduled to make his next start on May 16th. He ended up getting shelled for six runs on seven hits in 5.2...

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Want to Write For Pirates Prospects?

I get about two to three e-mails a week from people who are interested in writing for the site. Some e-mails are from Pirates fans who read the site and would like to write about the team. Some are from journalism students looking to add experience. Some are from both. I save most of those e-mails for future consideration, although to date I have never posted a spot on the site. In the past I’ve just approached other writers or...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it’s time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season. I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the...

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Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Still Find Talented Players on Day Two

One of the big fears with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was that it would rob teams of the chance to land talent in the middle rounds. In previous years, day two was the biggest day for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We saw them taking over-slot picks like Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, and the 2009 prep pitchers. The new CBA and the harsh penalties killed most over-slot opportunities, which gave a feeling that solid talent...

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DraftStreet Freeroll Returns! One Day Fantasy Baseball Contest, $150 Prize Pool!

The Draft Street fantasy baseball freeroll is back! For those of you who haven’t played before, this is your chance to win money playing fantasy baseball. All you have to do is enter a FREE, one-night fantasy baseball contest. The contest will run on Friday, June 8th, with a $150 prize pool paid out to the top ten players. This free contest will be salary-cap style drafting where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of...

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Draft Day One Recap: Pirates Add Another Potential Number One to the Mix

Coming in to the 2012 Draft, every mock draft had the same seven players going in the first seven picks. A few mock drafts mentioned the possibility of some players falling — mainly Mike Zunino and Albert Almora — but no one expected Mark Appel to fall. But he fell, and fell, and landed with the Pittsburgh Pirates with the eighth overall pick. “We said we were going to stay true to the board. We said we’d take the...

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