Prospect Watch: Five Home Runs in Five Games For JaCoby Jones
Jul09

Prospect Watch: Five Home Runs in Five Games For JaCoby Jones

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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Andrew Lambo Could Return to Indianapolis After the All-Star Break
Jul08

Andrew Lambo Could Return to Indianapolis After the All-Star Break

Andrew Lambo went down with a thumb injury in early May. Originally he thought it was a bruised thumb, and was scheduled to take a few weeks off. By the end of his three-week break it was determined that he would need surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament. “I hate taking myself out of the lineup,” Lambo said on the initial evaluation and trying to return after a break. “It’s better to be aware of your...

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First Round Pick Cole Tucker Suffers a Minor Thumb Injury
Jul08

First Round Pick Cole Tucker Suffers a Minor Thumb Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates first round pick Cole Tucker has suffered a minor thumb injury, which will keep him out for a few days. The shortstop suffered the injury in Monday’s game against the GCL Yankees in Tampa. “The field was wet and there was a ground ball up the middle,” Tucker said, describing how the injury happened. “I ran for it, but I kind of slipped and put my glove down to brace myself, and my thumb just...

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Barrett Barnes Close to a Return From His Hamstring Injury
Jul08

Barrett Barnes Close to a Return From His Hamstring Injury

Barrett Barnes is getting closer to returning from his latest hamstring injury. The center fielder played seven innings today in a GCL game, marking the third straight game where he has played seven. The Pirates have him progressing on a rehab schedule where he will play three games at five innings, three at seven, and three full games. Barnes has played the first six games, and will progress to full games as the next part of his...

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Pirates Sign Colombian Catcher Roberto Noguera
Jul08

Pirates Sign Colombian Catcher Roberto Noguera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old Colombian catcher Roberto Noguera. He trained at the Baseball Academy of Gaujira (Academia de Beisbol del Gaujira) and he was signed by Orlando Covo on July 2nd. Noguera was born on May 15, 1997 which made him eligible to sign during last year’s July 2nd signing period. According to this article in Spanish (which has three photos of Noguera, including him batting right-handed) he...

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Top 10 Pitchers: A Group of Lefties at the Top of the Pitching Ranks Last Week
Jul08

Top 10 Pitchers: A Group of Lefties at the Top of the Pitching Ranks Last Week

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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