First Pitch: How Ike Davis Impacts the First Base Prospects in the System
Apr24

First Pitch: How Ike Davis Impacts the First Base Prospects in the System

Now that Ike Davis is a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they potentially have their first base position under control for the next three years. Davis might not work out, but if he plays up to his career numbers, he’ll be a good platoon player at the least. The Pirates didn’t have a great first base option for the long-term in the minor leagues. The best bet in the short-term was Andrew Lambo, who was a converted...

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Crushes Two More Home Runs
Apr24

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Crushes Two More Home Runs

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Brandon Cumpton avoids first slow start of career
Apr23

Brandon Cumpton avoids first slow start of career

Brandon Cumpton is off to a staggeringly strong start this season. However, that is not something that he is generally accustomed to. This is a trend that holds up statistically as well, as 2014 is the only successful April that Cumpton has compiled in professional baseball. In 2013, Cumpton allowed 16 earned runs in 28 innings with Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2012, he allowed 10 earned runs in 25 innings with Altoona. But the most...

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Tyler Glasnow is Set to Make His 2014 Debut on Friday
Apr23

Tyler Glasnow is Set to Make His 2014 Debut on Friday

Top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow will be making his 2014 debut on Friday for Bradenton against St. Lucie. Glasnow missed the start of the season after having lower back tightness during Spring Training. He was recovered by the end of Spring Training, but needed time to build up his innings. In his final rehab start, Glasnow was hitting 100 MPH, hitting that number seven times, according to Jim Callis. The right-hander had hit 99...

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Brandon Cumpton Will Be Replacing Wandy Rodriguez
Apr23

Brandon Cumpton Will Be Replacing Wandy Rodriguez

This is nothing but speculation at this point, but it appears that Brandon Cumpton will be replacing Wandy Rodriguez for Thursday’s start in Pittsburgh. Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list this week, leaving the Pirates without a starter for Thursday. By process of elimination, Cumpton currently looks like the only option. Jeff Locke made his start on Monday. Casey Sadler started last night with Indianapolis. Stolmy...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Would Be Struggling Now, Even With Gregory Polanco
Apr23

First Pitch: The Pirates Would Be Struggling Now, Even With Gregory Polanco

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost again tonight, falling 4-1 to the Cincinnati Reds and Johnny Cueto, and dropping to 9-12 on the season. I wasn’t following the game closely tonight, since I was focusing on John Kuchno and Ryan Hafner in Bradenton. I was following along on Twitter, and in the process, was also following the big night that Gregory Polanco had. Polanco had three hits, including his third homer of the year. Predictably,...

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