First Pitch: Pirates System Will Have Some Difficult Catching Decisions in 2015
Aug10

First Pitch: Pirates System Will Have Some Difficult Catching Decisions in 2015

We’ve written a lot this week about the catcher position, with a few articles on Elias Diaz having a breakout season in Altoona, along with some focus on a few lower level players who are having good seasons. The Pittsburgh Pirates have collected a lot of catching prospects, especially in the lower levels. The result is that they’re looking at a lot of tough roster decisions in Bradenton and West Virginia next year. They...

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Prospect Watch: Buddy Borden Strikes Out Ten, Huge Offensive Numbers Around the System
Aug09

Prospect Watch: Buddy Borden Strikes Out Ten, Huge Offensive Numbers Around the System

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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Jamestown Sends Three to NYPL All-Star Game
Aug09

Jamestown Sends Three to NYPL All-Star Game

The Jamestown Jammers will send three players to the NYPL All-Star game, which takes place on Tuesday, August 19th in Brooklyn. First baseman Kevin Ross, outfielder Carl Anderson and relief pitcher Sam Street will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the game. Ross was drafted by the Pirates in the 8th round in 2012 and played his first two seasons in the GCL. He is hitting .270/.278/.358 in 148 at-bats. He has hit a...

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First Pitch: McCutchen, Walker, and the Risk of Unnecessary Contract Extensions
Aug09

First Pitch: McCutchen, Walker, and the Risk of Unnecessary Contract Extensions

Earlier today, Mike Petriello wrote an article over at ESPN looking at the curse of the contract extension. Petriello pointed out a lot of big extensions that were given out from 2010-2014, well before an extension was needed. A lot of those extensions are now backfiring, such as Ryan Howard’s five-year, $125 M deal, and Joey Votto’s ten-year, $225 M deal, which is currently in year one and is seeing Votto miss a lot of...

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Adrian Sampson Continue Breakout Seasons
Aug09

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Adrian Sampson Continue Breakout Seasons

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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Pedro Alvarez Reinstated, Ernesto Frieri Designated For Assignment
Aug08

Pedro Alvarez Reinstated, Ernesto Frieri Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated third baseman Pedro Alvarez from the Bereavement List and relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri has been designated for assignment. Frieri was acquired by the Pirates in exchange for Jason Grilli on June 27th. He made 14 appearances for Pittsburgh, posting a 10.13 ERA in 10.2 innings. Alvarez has been on the Bereavement List since August 5th. He returned to Pittsburgh today and was taking grounders at...

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