Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year
Oct16

Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year

Baseball America released their list of the top independent league players on Thursday, splitting it up between the top five signed and unsigned players. For the signed players, it’s no shock that John Holdzkom was ranked first. He made it all the way to the majors within months of pitching his last game in independent ball. A simple suggestion from his pitching coach this year turned him from a hard-thrower with no control, to...

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AFL: Angel Sanchez Added to Scottsdale Roster, Strikes Out Three in First Inning
Oct16

AFL: Angel Sanchez Added to Scottsdale Roster, Strikes Out Three in First Inning

The Scottsdale game on Wednesday night was a slugfest early, with 17 runs scored in the first four innings. Scottsdale ended up losing 13-11 to drop to 5-3 on the season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Josh Bell was at first base and batting fifth, while Elias Diaz was behind the plate and batting eighth. We announced the other day that Nick Kingham isn’t going to participate in the AFL despite being...

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First Pitch: Sorting Out the Mixed Reviews For Nick Kingham
Oct16

First Pitch: Sorting Out the Mixed Reviews For Nick Kingham

In the last two days, Baseball America released their top 20 lists for the Eastern League and the International League. With their first five lists, there weren’t any big surprises. Two players made it from the GCL, West Virginia and Bradenton and it was the players we expected. The lists for the Appalachian League(Bristol) and NYPL(Jamestown) didn’t have any Pirates players and we really didn’t expect anyone to be...

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2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer
Oct15

2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer

The Pittsburgh Pirates may finally have a shortstop for the foreseeable future. The team hasn’t had a solid shortstop since they traded away Jack Wilson in 2009, with Wilson nearing the end of his career. They went with Ronny Cedeno, then defensive specialist Clint Barmes, before giving Jordy Mercer a shot in 2013. Mercer did well in his time at the position last year, but not good enough to look like more than a stopgap option...

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Baseball America Places Three Pirates in International League Top 20
Oct15

Baseball America Places Three Pirates in International League Top 20

Baseball America released the International League top 20 prospect list today and it includes three Pittsburgh Pirates players. Scouting reports are now up and can be viewed here. Just like yesterday, this list offers a surprise, though it was nothing like what we saw yesterday with the Eastern League. With the top 20 lists out for all seven affiliates in the U.S.(BA will put out a top 20 DSL/VSL combined list as well), the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Allie Extends Hit Streak, Big Night For Dean Anna
Oct15

Winter Leagues: Allie Extends Hit Streak, Big Night For Dean Anna

Due to a light schedule each day, the Pirates highlights from Monday and Tuesday in winter ball are both recapped below. On Friday, the Dominican Winter League begins play, so the winter league articles should be daily once that league starts up. Starting off first with Monday’s action in Mexico, Stetson Allie had two singles in four at-bats during his team’s 3-0 win. More on him below. Two other Pirates players came out...

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