Instructional League Highlights From Reese McGuire, Mitch Keller and More
Oct11

Instructional League Highlights From Reese McGuire, Mitch Keller and More

On Friday, we posted highlights of Austin Meadows, Raul Siri and Adrian Valerio from Thursday’s Fall Instructional League game. We have some more video from the game courtesy of the FIL Fan page. Today’s highlights include 2014 second round draft pick Mitch Keller, last year’s first round pick Reese McGuire, pitcher Austin Coley and a second look at two interesting DSL players. Mitch Keller received a $1,000,000...

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AFL: Thomas Harlan Gets the Start For Scottsdale
Oct11

AFL: Thomas Harlan Gets the Start For Scottsdale

With no Pittsburgh Pirates players in the starting lineup on Friday, it was a quiet night in the Arizona Fall League. The starting pitcher was Thomas Harlan, giving the Pirates three starters in the first four games for Scottsdale. Tyler Glasnow started the opening game and Joely Rodriguez got the start in game two. This is the first game that Josh Bell didn’t start and both Elias Diaz and Dan Gamache have played every other...

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The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown
Oct10

The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be moving their NYPL affiliate from Jamestown to Morgantown next year, playing in the new baseball stadium that will be built for West Virginia University. So far, the team doesn’t have a name, but that will change soon. The Morgantown franchise released the ten finalists for the team name. You can vote on that name until Friday, October 17th at 5 PM by going here. Below are the names, along with some...

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Austin Meadows Goes Deep During Thursday’s Instructional League Action
Oct10

Austin Meadows Goes Deep During Thursday’s Instructional League Action

The Pittsburgh Pirates took on the Toronto Blue Jays in the Fall Instructional League on Thursday and we have some great video courtesy of the FIL Fan page. The main highlight was Austin Meadows slugging a long home run, which is shown below. We also have first time footage of two of the top prospects from the Dominican Summer League. Both Raul Siri and Adrian Valerio are making their first appearances in the U.S. during the FIL and...

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First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances
Oct10

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years will be their top ranked farm system. That system...

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Winter Leagues: Opening Night in Venezuelan League
Oct09

Winter Leagues: Opening Night in Venezuelan League

The Venezuelan Winter League ¬†began play on Thursday night(recap below), kicking off our coverage that usually runs into the first week or so of February. Just a reminder that any player in the Pirates system at the end of 2014 will be covered, including free agents. Once a player signs with a different organization or gets released, we will drop them from the coverage. Also, just because a player is on a roster, it doesn’t mean...

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