Composite List of Prospect Rankings Has Eight Pirates In Top 100
Feb26

Composite List of Prospect Rankings Has Eight Pirates In Top 100

Last week, Baseball America released their top 100 prospect list, putting seven Pirates on their top 100 list. Along with that, we mentioned four other major prospect rankings lists and where the Pirates players ended up on each list. Today, Jonathan Mayo made a composite list of those five lists and eight Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the top 95. If a player wasn’t listed in the top 100, Mayo used 101 as the default ranking...

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Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There
Feb25

Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There

“We’re working very hard to be global. Not just in the Dominican, but as we spread out, there’s ballplayers everywhere, and our challenge is to go find them, as it is for the other 29 teams.” That was Clint Hurdle when I talked to him last week about the talent that is coming to the Pirates out of Latin America. Hurdle probably didn’t have to point that out. The track record for the Pirates speaks for...

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Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress
Feb25

Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress

  It was during the Black and Gold game last year that I first saw Stolmy Pimentel. The right-hander was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in December 2012, and pitched in relief in the intrasquad game to kick off the Spring Training schedule. I was impressed with Pimentel at the time, and I wasn’t the only one. Last week I wrote about Pimentel, and included Ray Searage’s reaction to that game, when he first noticed...

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Pirates Claim Brent Morel Off Waivers From Toronto
Feb24

Pirates Claim Brent Morel Off Waivers From Toronto

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the second time this off-season that Morel has been claimed off waivers. He was previously claimed by Toronto from the Chicago White Sox in December. Morel has a career .229/.276/.333 line in 669 plate appearances in the majors. He’s a right-handed hitter who has been better in his career against lefties, although he...

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Neil Walker Taking Batting Practice (Video)
Feb24
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Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte
Feb24

Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

At the end of last week I posted a video of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco taking batting practice together. It was a nice sight to see those three rotating in the batting cages together, since they could eventually make up the best outfield trio in the majors. McCutchen is already an MVP, Marte posted a 4.6 WAR in his first full season, and Polanco looks like an impact talent who should arrive by mid-season...

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