Keon Broxton is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For May
Jun01

Keon Broxton is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For May

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 May. 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: The Importance of the International Rookie Leagues to the Pirates
Jun01

First Pitch: The Importance of the International Rookie Leagues to the Pirates

Earlier today, John Dreker released his 2014 DSL Pirates preview, complete with a ranking of the top players to follow in the international rookie leagues. The DSL is for hardcore prospect followers. A majority of those players won’t make it to the US, and out of the guys who do make it stateside, only a handful will make it to an upper level. The odds are small for success, but when there is a success story, it can be huge. If...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Finishes Up Solid May With Another Good Outing
May31

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Finishes Up Solid May With Another Good Outing

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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2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent
May31

2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two Dominican Summer League teams last year and spread the talent out between both clubs. With the added affiliate in Bristol this season, the DSL Pirates2 are no more, at least short-term. That leaves you with a team that is deep in the outfield, infield and behind the plate, but not many pitchers of note. A lot of players from the DSL last year moved to the States this season, including the best of the...

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Second Mock Draft From Jonathan Mayo Has College First Baseman For Pirates
May31

Second Mock Draft From Jonathan Mayo Has College First Baseman For Pirates

Jonathan Mayo released his second mock draft on Friday and he still believes that the Pittsburgh Pirates will take Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie. Mayo’s first mock draft was two weeks ago and at that time, Gillaspie was being mentioned often for the Pirates. That talk has died down a little until now. Gillaspie would give the Pirates a switch-hitting first baseman with power, who should move through the system...

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First Pitch: Recapping a Busy Day of Injury Updates, Transactions, DSL, and Draft News
May31

First Pitch: Recapping a Busy Day of Injury Updates, Transactions, DSL, and Draft News

Today was an extremely busy day for updates on the site. Overall, we had 17 posts going up since last night’s First Pitch. There’s a good chance you missed some of that. I had an article ready for tonight, but I decided to push that back until tomorrow to recap what ended up one of the busiest news days of the year so far. I’ll just take today as a practice run for the madness next week with the draft, which is...

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