Prospect Watch: Big Games From Keon Broxton and Nick Buckner on a Day Filled With Strong Pitching
Jul12

Prospect Watch: Big Games From Keon Broxton and Nick Buckner on a Day Filled With Strong Pitching

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 Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Rafael Perez to Minor League Deal
Jul12

Pirates Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Rafael Perez to Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Indianapolis, per an Indianapolis press release. Perez has a career 3.64 ERA in 329 innings in the majors, with a 7.3 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9. He spent all seven years in the majors with the Cleveland Indians, with his last year being 2012. Perez spent the 2013 season between the Boston and Minnesota farm systems, and has...

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Pirates Hoping to Fix the Control of a Hard Throwing Right-Handed Relief Prospect
Jul12

Pirates Hoping to Fix the Control of a Hard Throwing Right-Handed Relief Prospect

John Holdzkom is making the most of his first opportunity above High-A this season. Much of the success that he has seen this season is due to a lively fastball and some new-found control. After beginning the season with Amarillo in the Independent Leagues, Holdzkom arrived with a bang with the Pirates organization, signing as a minor league free agent at the end of June. In six innings with Altoona, he allowed just one hit and he...

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First Pitch: The Unfortunate Landscape of Professional Sports
Jul12

First Pitch: The Unfortunate Landscape of Professional Sports

I grew up a Baltimore Orioles fan, and a Cal Ripken Jr. fan. Because of that, I got to experience something that is extremely rare in sports these days: watching your favorite player play for your favorite team his entire career. Earlier today, in non-baseball news, LeBron James signed a deal to return to Cleveland. I’m not a basketball fan at all, but it’s pretty impossible to avoid the drama that surrounds LeBron James...

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Prospect Watch: Allie and Hanson Lead a Night of Home Runs; Glasnow Strikes Out Ten
Jul12

Prospect Watch: Allie and Hanson Lead a Night of Home Runs; Glasnow Strikes Out Ten

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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Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton
Jul11

Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Barrett Barnes has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders. On Tuesday I wrote about how Barnes could possibly be moved up after coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t played above West Virginia, which is where he started the year before going down with a hamstring injury. Barnes is expected to play center field. The promotion is a bit aggressive in the sense that Barnes has struggled at...

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