Prospect Highlights: Mel Rojas Jr Has a Big Night, More From Cole Tucker
Jul04

Prospect Highlights: Mel Rojas Jr Has a Big Night, More From Cole Tucker

Mel Rojas Jr started last night’s game on the bench, so he probably didn’t expect to collect three hits and drive in five runs, but that’s just what he did. Rojas has played well since joining Indianapolis, keeping up the fine season he started in Altoona. He has a .307/.385/.444 slash line in 84 games this year, with slightly higher numbers in AAA.  This looks like it’s the breakout season most people have...

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First Pitch: A.J. Burnett Would Not Upgrade the Pirates Rotation
Jul04

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett Would Not Upgrade the Pirates Rotation

Here are the numbers for two pitchers. One of these pitchers is seen as a potential mid-season upgrade for the Pirates, and a guy who could help them for a playoff run. The other pitcher is a guy who is currently in the Pirates’ rotation, and who a lot of fans would have as the top candidate to be moved to the bullpen or traded away. Player A: 3.92 ERA / 4.04 xFIP Player B: 4.07 ERA / 4.23 xFIP You can tell by the title that one...

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Austin Meadows Has His Rehab Transferred to Bristol
Jul04

Austin Meadows Has His Rehab Transferred to Bristol

Austin Meadows has played in two rehab games, playing five innings in each game in the GCL. He has since had his rehab transferred to Bristol, making the trip today. The next stage of his rehab work will be two games at seven innings each, which is usually followed by one or two full nine inning games. Meadows will be going to West Virginia when his rehab is up, and should be at the level by the middle of next week if all goes well....

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Prospect Watch: Allie Homers, Lambo Returns, Huge Game Off the Bench From Rojas
Jul03

Prospect Watch: Allie Homers, Lambo Returns, Huge Game Off the Bench From Rojas

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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Barrett Barnes Progressing Nicely, Andrew Lambo Returns to Action
Jul03

Barrett Barnes Progressing Nicely, Andrew Lambo Returns to Action

Here are two videos from Barrett Barnes today from down in the Gulf Coast League, where he is on a rehab assignment, coming back from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since early April. The first video is Barnes lining a hit into right field, followed by a video of him drawing a walk. Both videos are courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page. After playing six innings for the third time this week, including the second day in a row...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Pitcher Roger Santana
Jul03

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Pitcher Roger Santana

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their seventh six-figure bonus signing this July 2nd signing period, inking left-handed pitcher Roger Santana for a $100,000 bonus. He is a 16-year-old from the Dominican, who stand 6’1″, 170 pounds and throws a fastball in the 85-89 MPH range. Santana also throws a curve ball with good potential. The 2014 international signing tracker has been updated with links to all seven players the...

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