First Pitch: Where the Pirates Could See Improvements in the 2014 Draft
Jun09

First Pitch: Where the Pirates Could See Improvements in the 2014 Draft

Last night I wrote why I thought the Pittsburgh Pirates had a bad draft. A draft is something that can be constantly evaluated over multiple periods in time. The first evaluation obviously comes right after the draft, and is meant to give the first impression. However, that’s hardly set in stone. Things can change, players can see unexpected improvements or declines, or a player can just flat out prove his scouting reports wrong...

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Prospect Watch: Vance Worley Does it All, Homers From Allie and Ramirez
Jun09

Prospect Watch: Vance Worley Does it All, Homers From Allie and Ramirez

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Updates on Gerrit Cole’s DL Placement
Jun08

Updates on Gerrit Cole’s DL Placement

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates placed Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. Cole came to the Pirates after his last start, while playing catch the next day, saying that the shoulder didn’t feel right and felt a little tired. They originally had plans to skip him, then decided to take more precautions, according to Neal Huntington. “We give Gerrit a ton of credit for just making us aware that it...

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First Pitch: Explaining Why This Looks Like a Bad Draft For the Pirates
Jun08

First Pitch: Explaining Why This Looks Like a Bad Draft For the Pirates

In our draft rankings earlier in the week, we wrote about how this was a talented draft class. It looked like the Pirates could get some impressive talent in the first round, landing someone who would have ranked higher than 24th overall in previous drafts. They might even have had a chance to land a first round talent in the second round. What they ended up doing was drafting Cole Tucker with their first pick, and Connor Joe with the...

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Prospect Watch: Kingham Looks Good in Trenton, Glasnow’s Outing Cut Short
Jun07

Prospect Watch: Kingham Looks Good in Trenton, Glasnow’s Outing Cut Short

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Draft Day Three Recap: Nine Players Who Stand Out in Rounds 11-40
Jun07

Draft Day Three Recap: Nine Players Who Stand Out in Rounds 11-40

Day three is much more hectic than days one and two. You have all the time in the world on day one, with five minutes between first round picks. On day two you have a little less time, but the rounds don’t fly by. Day three is crazy. By the time you just start getting information on the previous round’s pick, a new pick is made. John Dreker, Wilbur Miller and I were splitting the coverage duties today, rotating between...

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