Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco With An Outfield Assist
Apr26

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco With An Outfield Assist

During the first couple weeks of the season, we have seen Gregory Polanco hit for power, hit for average, show off his speed and make a fine defensive play. On Friday night, we got a glimpse of the fifth tool, picking up an outfield assist by throwing out a runner at home plate. It was his third outfield assist of this season and 39th of his career. One other highlight from Friday night’s Indianapolis game. While he isn’t...

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First Pitch: How Much Would Super Two Cost if a Player is Extended?
Apr26

First Pitch: How Much Would Super Two Cost if a Player is Extended?

I’ve written in the last few weeks about the cost of Super Two status, which can amount to an extra $10-15 M for a potential impact player like Gregory Polanco. This additional cost is a big factor in why pretty much every team, including the Pirates, will hold back a top prospect until the Super Two deadline passes. No team wants to pay an additional $10-15 M over the long-run, just for an extra six weeks of performance in the...

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out Six in Five Shutout Innings in Debut
Apr26

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out Six in Five Shutout Innings in Debut

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Jason Grilli Placed on the Disabled List
Apr25

Jason Grilli Placed on the Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list, retro to April 21st, with a left oblique strain. Jared Hughes has been recalled from Indianapolis to replace Grilli on the roster. With Grilli on the disabled list, Mark Melancon should take over as the team’s closer. Grilli blew two saves over the weekend, and hasn’t pitched since the second blown save.

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Kyle McPherson Suffers Setback, Out Until 2015
Apr25

Kyle McPherson Suffers Setback, Out Until 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson suffered a setback in his rehab this week, and was evaluated Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews, the team announced. McPherson was diagnosed with a fracture of the right medial epicondyle and underwent surgery to repair the injured elbow Wednesday afternoon by Dr. Andrews. His estimated return to competition is spring training 2015. McPherson looked like a potential middle of the...

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Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report
Apr25

Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report

Here are a few interesting prospect links for your Friday afternoon. **Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated writes that Gregory Polanco is the next big thing. He mostly talks with people in the organization, who compare Polanco favorably to people like Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen. I’ve said many times that I believe Polanco can be better than McCutchen, so I would be one who agrees with this assertion that Polanco is the next...

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