First Pitch: MLB Lining Up For a Battle of Big Market vs Small Market Teams
Aug13

First Pitch: MLB Lining Up For a Battle of Big Market vs Small Market Teams

All eyes are on a great playoff race, where the Pittsburgh Pirates have moved 1.5 games up from the St. Louis Cardinals in the top Wild Card spot, and have pulled to 1.5 games back from the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central. Every game will be big from this point forward, but the upcoming games against Detroit and Washington this week will be crucial, as they stand in the beginning of a tough schedule the rest of the...

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Putting Up Video Game Numbers
Aug13

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Putting Up Video Game Numbers

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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Second Round Pick With a Million Dollar Performance
Aug12

Second Round Pick With a Million Dollar Performance

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted RHP Mitch Keller with the 64th overall pick in the 2014 draft and signed him right away to a $1,000,000 bonus. One of the few perks to the new draft rules since 2012, is getting players into the system quicker and getting them playing time that same year. Under the old rules, Keller would probably be signing this Friday, using the old August 15th signing deadline date. On Tuesday afternoon in the Gulf...

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Top 10 Hitters: Meadows Starting to Live Up to Expectations
Aug12

Top 10 Hitters: Meadows Starting to Live Up to Expectations

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 individual...

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Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis
Aug12

Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Casey Sadler to Indianapolis and have recalled Brandon Cumpton, per a team press release. Sadler was called up yesterday when Andrew McCutchen was placed on the disabled list, and threw in the eighth inning of last night’s win against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up two runs on three hits, only recording two outs. Earlier today, Ryan Palencer wrote about how Cumpton was making the transition...

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Top 10 Pitchers: A Breakout Pitcher You Should Follow, Not Named Adrian Sampson
Aug12

Top 10 Pitchers: A Breakout Pitcher You Should Follow, Not Named Adrian Sampson

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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