Morning Report: A Sleeper Prospect in Bristol
Aug23

Morning Report: A Sleeper Prospect in Bristol

In Bristol tonight, Hector Garcia is the scheduled starter. The 18-year-old lefty could be a real sleeper prospect in the Pirates system, but we really haven’t talked much about him. He is the youngest player on the Bristol roster and possibly the best prospect on the team. Last year while doing the DSL season recap for pitchers, I got a decent report on Garcia, but honestly thought he would return to the DSL due to his age and...

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First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position
Aug23

First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position

Tonight, Tony Sanchez played his first game at first base in Indianapolis. Ryan Palencer wrote about the details behind the move. I don’t want to read too much into the move, since the main reason is probably to get Elias Diaz some time behind the plate in Triple-A. The fact that Sanchez is playing first base is interesting for a few reasons. 1. There is a designated hitter spot. He can stay in the lineup without the need for a...

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Prospect Watch: Allie and Tucker Homer, Rodriguez Struggles in Return to Starting Role
Aug22

Prospect Watch: Allie and Tucker Homer, Rodriguez Struggles in Return to Starting Role

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. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Prospect Rewind: Josh Harrison is Exceeding All of His Old Prospect Reports
Aug22

Prospect Rewind: Josh Harrison is Exceeding All of His Old Prospect Reports

In the past, we’ve done the Prospect Rewind series, looking back at the reports on certain players, and how they’ve fallen short of those reports, met their reports, or exceeded the projections. With the recent success from Josh Harrison in the majors, I felt like it was a good time to look back on his prospect reports, to see what he was projected to become. This is also a reminder that the 2014 Prospect Guide is on sale...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Impact of the Losing Streak and the Most Important Week Coming Up
Aug22

Pirates Playoff Odds: Impact of the Losing Streak and the Most Important Week Coming Up

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a horrible week. They went 1-5 since last week’s playoff odds update, and to make matters worse, all of the other teams in the race around them had good weeks. Milwaukee went 4-1. St. Louis went 5-1. Atlanta went 6-1. San Francisco went 4-2. As you could expect, the playoff odds plummeted. In last week’s projections, the Pirates were holding on to the second Wild Card spot. In this...

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Clint Barmes Gearing Up For a Return to Pittsburgh
Aug22

Clint Barmes Gearing Up For a Return to Pittsburgh

After playing two games with Altoona, Clint Barmes had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Indianapolis on August 18, as he looks to recover from a strained left groin. Barmes was placed on the DL retroactive to June 30. After five games between the two levels, Barmes is pleased with the progress and reports that he has seen “no setbacks at all.” He is also pleased to have played in back to back games Wednesday and Thursday. “It...

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