Prospect Report: Tyler Waldron sees success at all levels with new pitch
May21

Prospect Report: Tyler Waldron sees success at all levels with new pitch

Through a month and a half of the season, Tyler Waldron did some serious suitcase living. After starting the season pitching in six games with Bradenton, Waldron made a relief appearance after being promoted to Altoona on April 24. When Casey Sadler was recalled by Pittsburgh, Waldron was promoted to Indianapolis for an emergency start three days later on April 27. With all of the uniforms that Waldron has put on in 2014, there is one...

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First Pitch: How Long Can the Pirates Give Edinson Volquez?
May21

First Pitch: How Long Can the Pirates Give Edinson Volquez?

Edinson Volquez had an amazing start to the 2014 season. Through his first five appearances (four starts), he had a 2.18 ERA in 33 innings, with a 20:8 K/BB ratio. The numbers said that he would regress and see a decline going forward, but not to the extreme he saw. In his four starts since that great debut, Volquez has combined for an 8.31 ERA in 21.2 innings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. A few weeks ago, Nate Barnes wrote about Volquez,...

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Prospect Watch: Brandon Cumpton Leads an Amazing Night of Minor League Pitching
May21

Prospect Watch: Brandon Cumpton Leads an Amazing Night of Minor League Pitching

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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New Mock Draft and Rankings From Scout.com
May20

New Mock Draft and Rankings From Scout.com

Kiley McDaniel over at Scout.com has posted his first mock draft, plus put out his own personal rankings. The two things differ in that he tries to do a mock draft based on how he thinks things will play out, then he lists his personal choices in the rankings. For the mock draft, he has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking Stanford third baseman Alex Blandino. That’s a name that has been mentioned for the Pirates early in the year, but...

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Prospect Reports: Adrian Sampson Searching for Consistency
May20

Prospect Reports: Adrian Sampson Searching for Consistency

Bringing up the name Adrian Sampson won’t ring many bells across the baseball world. Most fans, including some that follow the Pirates, likely have never heard of the 2012 5th round pick. He didn’t receive an excessive signing bonus when drafted, and he wasn’t particularly effective in 140 innings in High-A last year. That all seems like it is about to change for the young Pirates right-hander. The only ranking Sampson received from a...

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Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Two Key Hits By Mel Rojas Jr.
May20

Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Two Key Hits By Mel Rojas Jr.

This one was a late addition from Sunday night’s Altoona game, so we didn’t have it in yesterday’s Prospect Highlights. Alen Hanson, batting from the left side, goes the opposite way for a double in the seventh inning. Hanson reached base twice on Monday, giving him a .319/.354/.583 slash line in 18 May games. On Monday, Mel Rojas Jr. had three hits and drove in three runs. The video below shows two of those hits and...

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