First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis
Apr16

First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis

With the vast wealth of prospects in the Pirates system, there may not be a more exciting opportunity than right now in Indianapolis. I can say that Gregory Polanco may be the best prospect that I have ever seen. That is saying a ton because I have been watching minor league baseball since before I can remember. He is off to a start that has to rival any prospect in their first couple of weeks in Triple-A, making the decision to keep...

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Prospect Watch: Pat Ludwig Throws Five Shutout Innings
Apr15

Prospect Watch: Pat Ludwig Throws Five Shutout Innings

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 (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco
Apr15

Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco

Development in the minors There is no doubt that Gregory Polanco is living up to the hype early in the 2014 season at Triple-A. While most of the decision to start Polanco in Triple-A was undoubtedly about the Super Two situation and the future cost, there is some value in not throwing him to the wolves right away. He is gaining an enormous amount of confidence feeding on under-matched Triple-A pitching. Most importantly, Polanco did...

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Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts
Apr15

Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts

**Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote yesterday that MLB has quietly been slashing money for international players, while the draft bonus pools are rising. He points out that the average international pools have been rising by 1.2 percent. However, teams previously could sign six players for $50,000 or less without having those signings count towards their bonus pools. That is no longer allowed, which means that each team will have...

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First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense
Apr15

First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense

I can’t say that I’m too worried about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense. I don’t think they’re going to be a top offense in the league. I’m not saying that the string of home runs hit in that Little League park in Cincinnati is legit. I’m just saying that if you look at the offense, the positions you expected to perform aren’t performing. First you’ve got Andrew McCutchen, the MVP...

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Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Third Homer in Altoona
Apr14

Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Third Homer in Altoona

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 (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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