Prospect Highlights: Mel Rojas Jr. Showing Off Some Tools
Jun19

Prospect Highlights: Mel Rojas Jr. Showing Off Some Tools

Two video highlights of Mel Rojas Jr from Wednesday afternoon. The first is a triple the other way, showing a nice bat and the speed to make it in standing up. More on Rojas and his season at the plate after the videos. The second highlight is his quick, accurate throw to the cut-off man to help cut down a runner at third base. It was his fifth outfield assist of the season. Since moving to Indianapolis, Rojas is hitting...

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First Pitch: Where Will Josh Harrison Play When Neil Walker Returns?
Jun19

First Pitch: Where Will Josh Harrison Play When Neil Walker Returns?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have a tough decision on their hands shortly. Neil Walker will be returning soon, which means the team will need to find a spot for Josh Harrison to get playing time. Last month, I wrote about Harrison’s hot streak, and where he might find time once Gregory Polanco arrived. That question was put on hold when Walker went to the disabled list. Polanco came up to take Walker’s spot on the...

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Prospect Watch: Kingham With Another Gem; Allie Hits 12th Homer
Jun19

Prospect Watch: Kingham With Another Gem; Allie Hits 12th Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). 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...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Remaining Pirates Over-Slot Draft Candidates
Jun18

First Pitch: Looking at the Remaining Pirates Over-Slot Draft Candidates

If there’s one thing the new CBA got right, it’s the process of signing draft picks. There are no more games, and no more delays. Teams can sign any player at any time for any amount of money, with no delays from MLB holding back over-slot deals, and no games by players and advisers waiting until the deadline. The result is that the Pirates have 30 picks signed about two weeks after the MLB draft, including everyone in the...

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Prospect Watch: Sampson Continues Breakout Season; Gushue Hits Two Homers
Jun18

Prospect Watch: Sampson Continues Breakout Season; Gushue Hits Two Homers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). 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...

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Bonus Info For All Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks in the First Ten Rounds
Jun17

Bonus Info For All Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks in the First Ten Rounds

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed all of their picks in the top ten round, 12 players in all and we now know how their draft bonus pool shapes up. The new numbers are: Connor Joe $1,250,000 Nelson Jorge $125,000 Kevin Krause $143,600 Krause signed for slot, while Joe signed for $207,600 under slot. Jorge signed for $39,700 under slot. Our draft signing tracker has been updated with all the information. The Pirates now have...

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