July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market
Jul01

July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market

Don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to land any big names in the international market once the 2014-15 signing period begins tomorrow. That’s not to say that they won’t land any big talents. The approach the Pirates have had in Latin America in previous years has been very successful, especially when it comes to finding cheap talent. There’s no greater evidence of this than with Gregory Polanco, who is...

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Nick Kingham is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For June
Jul01

Nick Kingham is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For June

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. We also recap each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the average pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of June. The rankings include every pitcher who made at least four starts for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no...

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Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For June
Jul01

Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For June

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. We also recap each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of June. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and...

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First Pitch: What We Learned About Trade Rumors Today
Jul01

First Pitch: What We Learned About Trade Rumors Today

We’re about to enter trade rumor season, which is always an exciting time if you’re a baseball fan. Each day you get to hear about what players might be available, what teams might be interested in them, and what prospects it might take to land those players. Very few rumors end up in deals. That’s not to say that there are no rumors that end up as deals. For example, last year the Pirates were connected to Marlon...

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Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Returns, Control Issues Pop Up For Tyler Glasnow
Jul01

Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Returns, Control Issues Pop Up For Tyler Glasnow

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. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Top 10 Hitters: A First Baseman Starting to Show His Power
Jun30

Top 10 Hitters: A First Baseman Starting to Show His Power

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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