Austin Meadows Named Eighth Best Outfield Prospect
Jan29

Austin Meadows Named Eighth Best Outfield Prospect

MLB Pipeline wrapped up their lists of the top ten at each position on Thursday, saving outfielders for last. Austin Meadows was the lone representative of the Pirates among outfielders, coming in eighth on the list. They write-up says Meadows has a “smooth left-handed swing with five-tool potential”. While he does possess the potential for four plus tools, his arm is average at best. That still means that he could hit for...

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Five Pirates Make Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospect List
Jan29

Five Pirates Make Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospect List

Keith Law released his top 100 prospect list today(subscription required) and the Pittsburgh Pirates have five players on the list. Led by Tyler Glasnow in the 13th spot, he also has Austin Meadows at #32, Jameson Taillon at #36, Josh Bell ranked 60th overall and Alen Hanson takes the 89th spot. Insiders can see the profiles for the top 50 prospects here, and prospects 51-100 here. The Pirates have more representatives than any other...

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First Pitch: Where Would Stephen Tarpley Have Ranked in the Pirates 2015 Top 50?
Jan29

First Pitch: Where Would Stephen Tarpley Have Ranked in the Pirates 2015 Top 50?

The first year I released the Prospect Guide, I decided to publish the book in late January. The thing about writing a book on prospects is that the transactions involving those prospects are a never-ending process. Whether it’s my book, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, or any other team book, there’s always a risk that a player will be traded away after the publishing deadline, or a new player will be added to the...

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The PTBNL in the Travis Snider Trade Won’t Be Determined Until Spring Training
Jan28

The PTBNL in the Travis Snider Trade Won’t Be Determined Until Spring Training

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports in Baltimore had an update on the Travis Snider trade today, saying that he’s hearing the player to be named later won’t be determined until Spring Training. Last night I wrote about the possibilities for the PTBNL, noting that it might be a 2014 draft pick that can’t be traded until mid-season. I don’t think this news rules that out. Kubatko has been saying that the player will be...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #8 – Mitch Keller
Jan28

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #8 – Mitch Keller

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make a Mistake Trading Snider, Or Are They Selling High?
Jan28

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make a Mistake Trading Snider, Or Are They Selling High?

I found myself going back and forth between two thoughts when thinking about the Travis Snider trade this evening. The first thought involved thinking about the possibility that Snider could be the next Brandon Moss. The Pirates got Moss in the Jason Bay deal, hoping that his power potential would translate over to the majors. It never did, although he did have a huge season with Indianapolis in 2010, with an .800 OPS and 22 homers...

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