Do the Pirates Have a Top Farm System?

With the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell last night, the question has to be asked: where does the farm system rank in all of baseball?  I follow prospects throughout the game, and I see plenty of them when I’m on the road, but I can’t say I follow other systems enough to get a feel for how the Pirates stack up against the rest of the league.  However, you don’t have to follow other systems to...

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2011 Draft Recap: Don’t Draft Me

Dear (Insert MLB Team Here), With the 2012 draft less than ten months away, I am contacting you in advance to announce my intentions to attend college.  I do not intend to sign if I am drafted by the (Team Nickname).  I am going to honor my commitment to attend school.  I do not wish to be drafted, and it is my request that you honor those wishes and pass on me in the 2012 draft. Granted, I have already been to college, and through...

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Minor League Contract FAQs

With Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell both receiving minor league contracts from the Pittsburgh Pirates, I figured this would be a perfect time to dust off the old “What’s the difference between a minor league contract and a major league contract” post. NOTE: All examples use Gerrit Cole, but they all apply to Josh Bell, except when noted. 1. The Pirates paid Gerrit Cole $8 M.  Trevor Bauer got a four year contract.  How...

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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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