Alen Hanson Named Among Top Shortstop Prospects
Jan14

Alen Hanson Named Among Top Shortstop Prospects

On Monday, MLB.com began releasing their list of top ten prospects at each position. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have any representatives among left-handed pitchers, but Alen Hanson came in at #8 on their top ten shortstops list. In the rankings, they also break down each player on the 20-80 scouting system in five categories. Hanson was just below average with his arm, which is a fair ranking, but them seem to be a little low...

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Pirates Invite Four Players to Spring Training
Jan14

Pirates Invite Four Players to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited Matt Hague, Carlos Paulino, Jameson Taillon, and Zack Thornton to Spring Training, per a team press release. We heard last week that Taillon received an invite, but this is the first we’ve heard about the other three. Hague has been invited to Spring Training in each of the last two seasons. His most notable Spring was in 2012, when he showed off some impressive power. He made the team out of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #14 – Andrew Lambo
Jan14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #14 – Andrew Lambo

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker
Jan14

First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker

Over the weekend I was talking with John Dreker, who brought up an interesting question. He asked me whether the 2012 season for Neil Walker would be considered “lucky”, or if the 2013 season would be considered “unlucky”. To answer the question, I started digging into the numbers between the two seasons. By the end of the analysis, I had a higher opinion of Neil Walker’s skills than before the question....

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Pirates Announce 2014 Minor League Managers and Coaches
Jan13

Pirates Announce 2014 Minor League Managers and Coaches

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2014 minor league managers and coaches today. Here is the breakdown. The Managers Indianapolis: Dean Treanor will return for his fourth season in Indianapolis. Altoona: Carlos Garcia will return to Altoona for his second season. He was promoted to the level in 2013 after spending the 2012 season in Bradenton. Bradenton: Tom Prince will manage in Bradenton. He spent the 2013 season as the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #15 – Joely Rodriguez
Jan13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #15 – Joely Rodriguez

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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