Cole Tucker Calls Signing with Pirates “Surreal”
Jun12

Cole Tucker Calls Signing with Pirates “Surreal”

“I feel like if I want to be a major leaguer, I have to improve in every aspect of my game,” Tucker said. “There’s nothing I do right now that’s good enough to be out there on that field right now.”

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Nick Kingham Promoted to Indianapolis
Jun12

Nick Kingham Promoted to Indianapolis

One of the top pitching prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, Nick Kingham, will be promoted to Indianapolis this week, and will make his debut on Friday, Pirates Prospects has learned. Kingham has a 3.04 ERA in 71 innings this year, with a 54:25 K/BB ratio in Altoona. He was recently ranked our number five prospect in the system, and the third best pitching prospect behind Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow. At the start of the...

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First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Farm System at the Half Way Mark
Jun12

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Farm System at the Half Way Mark

The mid-season articles for MLB teams usually come out around the All-Star break in early July, even though the real half-way point is actually the end of June. For minor leagues, the season is only five months, which means the half-way mark is right after the draft, in the middle of June. There’s not a lot that really changes with most players in that time, but the mid-season point does provide a large enough sample size that...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gregory Polanco
Jun11

Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gregory Polanco

We usually release our mid-season prospect rankings right after the MLB draft. This not only shows the updated rankings with half of the minor league season in the books, but it also shows where the new draft picks fit in. For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates have graduated their top prospect the week following the draft. This adds the ability to see what the system looks like with a new top prospect. Before we begin...

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Prospect Watch: Multi-Hit Day For JaCoby Jones and Harold Ramirez
Jun11

Prospect Watch: Multi-Hit Day For JaCoby Jones and Harold Ramirez

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 (Casey Sadler #16). 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...

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Pirates Agree to Sign Second Round Pick Mitch Keller
Jun11

Pirates Agree to Sign Second Round Pick Mitch Keller

According to an article in the Des Moines Register, right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller has agreed to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will be flying into Pittsburgh on Thursday. No details were released on the signing amount, although Keller said that he got the amount he was looking for. The Pirates took the 6’3″ Keller with the 64th pick overall. He went to Xavier HS in Iowa and had a commitment to North Carolina. His...

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