Pirates Prospects / EA Sports Facebook Promotion

Pirates Prospects has teamed up with North Social to provide a Facebook promotion to our readers.  Members of the Pirates Prospects Facebook page can get a code for $5 off an EA Sports video game through Origin.com.  The $5 code can be used on any title, including Madden 2012 and NCAA Football 2012 (Disclaimer: Madden 2012 releases on August 30th, and the discount code can’t be used until September 11th). To get the free $5...

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Robbie Grossman Having an MVP Season

I’ve talked a lot about Bradenton Marauders outfielder Robbie Grossman this year, focusing on his increased walks, his consecutive on-base streak (currently at 39 games and counting), and his overall emergence as a potential top 10 prospect this year.  We’re not the only ones who have noticed Grossman’s solid all around season. The Bradenton Marauders have started the campaign for Grossman to be named the Florida...

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Interview with The Pittsburgh Daily Sports Bulletin

Last week I was interviewed by The Pittsburgh Daily Sports Bulletin, talking about the site, the 2011 Pirates, and of course, the prospects in the system, including Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Tony Sanchez, and Jameson Taillon.  You can read the full interview here.

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The Future of the Bullpen Looks Good

One of the strengths to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been their bullpen.  The bullpen has combined for a 3.43 ERA this year, which ranks 10th in the majors, and sixth in the National League.  The Pirates are anchored by one of the best closers in the game, Joel Hanrahan.  They’ve got two capable set up men in Chris Resop and Jose Veras.  Both have put up dominant strikeout numbers this year, and have held down the late...

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Starling Marte Answering Questions This Year

Coming in to the 2011 season, Starling Marte was coming off a year where he hit for a .315/.386/.432 line in 222 at-bats in high-A.  That season followed his break out year, where he hit for a .312/.377/.439 line in 221 at-bats in West Virginia.  However, there were three valid concerns. The first concern came with his power production.  Marte hit three homers in 2009, and didn’t homer at all in 2010.  He hit a few extra base...

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Updates on the Pirates’ Unsigned Draft Picks

The 2011 MLB Draft Pick Signing deadline is Monday night at midnight, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates and every other team about three and a half days to get their remaining picks signed.  We probably won’t hear anything definite on first round pick Gerrit Cole and second round pick Josh Bell until close to the midnight deadline.  I think it’s almost a guarantee that Cole signs.  The question is, how much will he sign for?...

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