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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Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections
Jul07

Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a big week this past week, going 5-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies. The results showed up in the playoff projections, leading to a big increase in the Pirates’ odds going forward. Just last week I wrote about how the Pirates managed to creep back into the playoff picture. Now they’re in the process of moving up the list of playoff contenders. Each week we will...

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Pirates Place Four in Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Top 50
Jul07

Pirates Place Four in Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Top 50

Today seems to be the day for mid-season top 50 prospect lists. Earlier today, Baseball America released their top 50, with five Pirates making the list. Baseball Prospectus also released their mid-season top 50, and had four Pirates on the list. Jameson Taillon is the highest rated prospect on the list, coming in at number 26.  Taillon was second in the BA rankings, but ranked 24th overall. It seems that, despite his Tommy John...

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