JaCoby Jones: A Power Hitting Shortstop Prospect?
Jul09

JaCoby Jones: A Power Hitting Shortstop Prospect?

The West Virginia Power have been familiar with breakout seasons from prospects the last few years. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson broke out at the level in 2012. Tyler Glasnow had a breakout season in 2013. The 2014 breakout player could be JaCoby Jones. The Pirates drafted Jones in the third round last year as an outfielder, but gave him some work at shortstop in his first pro season. This year they came into the season with the...

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A.J. Morris Gears to Return After the Indianapolis All-Star Break
Jul09

A.J. Morris Gears to Return After the Indianapolis All-Star Break

After a quick start at Triple-A, A.J. Morris found himself on the disabled list with a forearm strain on June 25. However, the stint on the shelf is expected to end soon, as Morris will begin throwing side work this week and is expected to return to action shortly after the Triple-A All-Star break next week. Morris was promoted June 7 after posting a 1.64 ERA in Altoona and he saw early success with Indianapolis. Despite a struggle in...

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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Farm System Stay Healthy in the Second Half?
Jul09

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Farm System Stay Healthy in the Second Half?

The first half of the 2014 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was full of injuries. More than half of the top ten prospects suffered an injury at one point in time, with a few of the top 20 guys going down for the year. The good news was that Gregory Polanco developed as planned, and there were a few breakouts, such as JaCoby Jones and Josh Bell at the plate, along with Adrian Sampson on the mound. Over the last few weeks...

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Prospect Watch: Five Home Runs in Five Games For JaCoby Jones
Jul09

Prospect Watch: Five Home Runs in Five Games For JaCoby Jones

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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Andrew Lambo Could Return to Indianapolis After the All-Star Break
Jul08

Andrew Lambo Could Return to Indianapolis After the All-Star Break

Andrew Lambo went down with a thumb injury in early May. Originally he thought it was a bruised thumb, and was scheduled to take a few weeks off. By the end of his three-week break it was determined that he would need surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament. “I hate taking myself out of the lineup,” Lambo said on the initial evaluation and trying to return after a break. “It’s better to be aware of your...

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First Round Pick Cole Tucker Suffers a Minor Thumb Injury
Jul08

First Round Pick Cole Tucker Suffers a Minor Thumb Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates first round pick Cole Tucker has suffered a minor thumb injury, which will keep him out for a few days. The shortstop suffered the injury in Monday’s game against the GCL Yankees in Tampa. “The field was wet and there was a ground ball up the middle,” Tucker said, describing how the injury happened. “I ran for it, but I kind of slipped and put my glove down to brace myself, and my thumb just...

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