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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First Pitch: Even With Polanco in the Majors, Pirates Well Represented in Prospect Rankings
Jul08

First Pitch: Even With Polanco in the Majors, Pirates Well Represented in Prospect Rankings

It was a busy news day today, but the big news to start the day was that the mid-season prospect rankings came out from both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The Pirates had four in the Baseball Prospectus rankings, and had five in Baseball America’s Top 50. Neither list saw the Pirates with any top 20 talent, which isn’t a huge surprise. Gregory Polanco was just promoted, which removes the only guy who had a chance to...

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Prospect Watch: Rehab is the Theme For Monday’s Minor League Games
Jul08

Prospect Watch: Rehab is the Theme For Monday’s Minor League 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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Pirates to Place Gerrit Cole on the DL and Call Up Brandon Cumpton
Jul08

Pirates to Place Gerrit Cole on the DL and Call Up Brandon Cumpton

The Pittsburgh Pirates will place right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole on the disabled list and will call up Brandon Cumpton to start Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cole left Friday’s start after five innings due to soreness in his right lat. Because of the upcoming All-Star break, Cole’s DL stint could be back-dated, and he might only miss one start. If he needs to miss more than one start, the...

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Francisco Liriano shines in rehab appearance
Jul08

Francisco Liriano shines in rehab appearance

After allowing three hard hits in a row, Francisco Liriano settled down and was dominant in Monday’s rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis. In six shutout innings, Liriano allowed just three hits, while striking out eight, including six of the last seven to finish the outing. He also did not walk a batter. “Everything felt good,” Liriano said. “It is really good to be back.” His fastball was sitting between 93-95, while his...

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Top 10 Hitters: Is JaCoby Jones a Candidate For a Mid-Season Promotion?
Jul07

Top 10 Hitters: Is JaCoby Jones a Candidate For a Mid-Season Promotion?

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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