DSL Pirates 2014: Ten Prospects to Watch
Aug29

DSL Pirates 2014: Ten Prospects to Watch

Each year we post a top ten prospect list for the DSL and call it a “Prospects to Watch” list because it’s tough to pick a top ten prospect list when the players are so far from the big leagues. The last couple years, we have had many more first-hand scouting reports to go on, so the lists have become more than just educated guesses based on age, scouting reports, stats and signing bonuses. With just one DSL...

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Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect
Aug29

Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect

As 2014 is coming to a close, one prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system is progressing as well as any player within the organization. Right fielder Willy Garcia, just 21 years old and playing in his first full season for the Double-A Altoona Curve, has taken major strides this season defensively, as well as in the batter’s box. Willy Garcia is known for his power potential, demonstrated by his 50 extra base hits,...

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Morning Report: Cole Tucker Holds His Own in His First Pro Season
Aug29

Morning Report: Cole Tucker Holds His Own in His First Pro Season

Pittsburgh Pirates first round draft pick Cole Tucker finished off his first season in the Gulf Coast League on Thursday afternoon. Usually some GCL players move up at the end of the year because the GCL season ends earlier than the other leagues. Bristol has just one game left this year, so that would seem like an unlikely destination and Jamestown’s season ends on Monday, so their season is almost over too. Call-ups from...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK
Aug29

First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK

A year and a day ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, sending Dilson Herrera and Vic Black in return. Today, the Mets called up Herrera to the majors, which means the second baseman has made the jump from Low-A to the majors in one year. That, plus an off-day for the Pirates, gives us the chance to re-visit the trade and see how the Pirates made out in the deal. At the time of the...

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Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Heredia Make Final Starts, Morton Rehabs and Espinal’s Career Night
Aug28

Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Heredia Make Final Starts, Morton Rehabs and Espinal’s Career Night

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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Charlie Morton Unsure of Future After First Rehab Appearance
Aug28

Charlie Morton Unsure of Future After First Rehab Appearance

Charlie Morton made his first rehab appearance for the Pirates Double-A affiliate Altoona Curve tonight since being placed on the 15 day Disabled List with a sports hernia. His night ended after four innings, during which he gave up four hits, two earned runs, walked one batter and struck out six. He also induced six ground ball outs. All of his outs were recorded by way of a ground out or a strike out. He threw 73 pitches, 49 for...

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