Josh Bell Moving to First Base in the Arizona Fall League
Aug26

Josh Bell Moving to First Base in the Arizona Fall League

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell will be moving to first base during the Arizona Fall League this off-season, according to Rob Biertempfel and Tom Singer. Bell was one of several top prospects named to the team earlier today. The move is somewhat expected, since Bell doesn’t really have a future in a Pirates’ outfield that includes Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. Bell moved up to...

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Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz
Aug26

Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending eight players to the Arizona Fall League this off-season, with the eight players playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions will be managed by Jeff Banister. Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, and Nick Kingham headline the list of players who will be playing in the showcase league. The Pirates will be sending their two top healthy pitching prospects in Glasnow and Kingham. Glasnow should start...

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Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Win FSL Season Awards
Aug26

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Win FSL Season Awards

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two of their top prospects win season awards on Tuesday afternoon. Pitcher Tyler Glasnow and right fielder Josh Bell were named the top players in the Florida State League. The two Bradenton Marauders stars were named the 2014 Pitcher and Player of the year. Glasnow missed the first month of the season with a back injury, yet still put up impressive numbers. Through 22 starts, he has a 1.67 ERA in 118.1...

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Morning Report:  More Than Just a Cool Name, DuRapau Can Pitch
Aug26

Morning Report: More Than Just a Cool Name, DuRapau Can Pitch

Every year, MiLB.com has their Moniker Madness, which is going on right now. They pick out interesting names from around the minors and let fans pick the best one. Not surprisingly, Pirates 2014 draft pick Montana DuRapau was on the ballot. The 32nd round pick out of Bethune-Cookman is going to make a name for himself if he keeps pitching like he has this year for Jamestown. DuRapau will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Polanco’s Demotion, Snider’s Breakout, and More
Aug26

First Pitch: Thoughts on Polanco’s Demotion, Snider’s Breakout, and More

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves today, with the biggest one being the swap of Gregory Polanco for Jose Tabata. The decision to send Polanco down is only short-term, as he will be returning in about a week when the minor league season is over. Until then, you can expect Travis Snider to get most of the playing time in right field. I had some thoughts on the series of moves, presented below in no formal order. **First,...

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Prospect Watch: Lambo Homers Again; The Chase Simpson Marathon
Aug26

Prospect Watch: Lambo Homers Again; The Chase Simpson Marathon

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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