2014 Pirates Draft Pick Suspended For HGH
Aug18

2014 Pirates Draft Pick Suspended For HGH

Pittsburgh Pirates 17th round draft Michael Clemens has been suspended 68 games after testing positive for HGH. The right-hander has been pitching this year for Bristol, where he had a 1.00 ERA over 18 innings in 13 appearances. The 21-year-old went to McNeese State and signed shortly after the draft. The total number of games in the suspension was explained in the link above by Danny Wild of MiLB.com: “Under the rules of the...

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Top 10 Hitters: JaCoby Jones Has Huge Week, While a Second Baseman Makes Third Straight Top 10 List
Aug18

Top 10 Hitters: JaCoby Jones Has Huge Week, While a Second Baseman Makes Third Straight Top 10 List

JaCoby Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an...

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Tyler Glasnow Expects to Remain in Bradenton the Rest of the Season
Aug18

Tyler Glasnow Expects to Remain in Bradenton the Rest of the Season

Tyler Glasnow has been phenomenal this year. On the season he has a 1.43 ERA in 113.1 innings, with 140 strikeouts and 55 walks. The 140 strikeouts not only leads the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, but is the best in the organization this year, with Francisco Liriano’s 123 (in 114.1 innings) ranking second. On May 28th, Glasnow really started picking up the pace. He struck out 12 batters in 5.2 shutout innings...

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Morning Report: Remembering Roberto
Aug18

Morning Report: Remembering Roberto

Today would have been the 80th birthday of the great Roberto Clemente. Back in 2012 on the Pirates Prospects blog site, I took a different route to celebrate the birthday of this all-time great. I went back through many of the major and local newspapers from November 23,1954, which was the day after the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up Clemente in the Rule V draft. The article gives a fascinating take of the first responses to the pick,...

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First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?
Aug18

First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?

We rank prospects on this site twice a year. The biggest set of rankings comes in the off-season, which we release in the annual Prospect Guide. We also release a mid-season update. The mid-season version is usually pretty close to the pre-season rankings, since there usually aren’t too many changes to a player’s prospect status over two months. The key to the mid-season update is to see where the new draft picks fall in,...

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Touches 98 MPH in Latest Dominant Start
Aug18

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Touches 98 MPH in Latest Dominant Start

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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