Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Leads a Big Day of Homers; Bradenton Clinches Playoffs
Aug31

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Leads a Big Day of Homers; Bradenton Clinches Playoffs

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. 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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Neal Huntington on Who Could Join the Pirates When Rosters Expand Tomorrow
Aug31

Neal Huntington on Who Could Join the Pirates When Rosters Expand Tomorrow

Major League Baseball rosters expand tomorrow, with teams able to call up anyone on the 40-man roster, giving them the possibility for an active roster that can hold up to 40 players. Not all of the guys on the 40-man roster will be called up, but you can expect the Pirates to make several moves. “We’re going to be very cognizant of the numbers that we add to this club,” Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal...

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No Moves Imminent For the Pirates as Waiver Trade Deadline Approaches
Aug31

No Moves Imminent For the Pirates as Waiver Trade Deadline Approaches

The Pittsburgh Pirates have until midnight tonight to make a waiver trade and have that player eligible for their playoff roster. But by the looks of things, it doesn’t appear that they’ll be adding anyone before that deadline passes. “We’ve been aggressive in claims, as has much of the industry has, so there’s not a lot of players that we feel are significant additions for us available that have cleared...

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Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors
Aug31

Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors

In his final start before the minor league season ending, Adrian Sampson allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings on four hits. Sampson walked a pair and struck out five. Coming into the start, Sampson’s ERA had ballooned up to over 8.00 with Indianapolis. Odd numbered outings did not go well for the right-hander. In his first and third start combined, Sampson allowed 11 runs on 19 hits in 5.2 innings. In his second start,...

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Morning Report: What Kind of Upside Does Erich Weiss Possess?
Aug31

Morning Report: What Kind of Upside Does Erich Weiss Possess?

Last year, The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Erich Weiss in the 11th round out of Texas and he was the last player they signed. They gave him a $305,000 bonus, which put them over their draft bonus pool, costing the team approximately $75,000 in penalty taxes on top of the bonus amount. It was a surprising total because Weiss really struggled his junior year and he didn’t seem to have huge upside. This season, Weiss has a...

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First Pitch: Why the Pirates Optioned Gerrit Cole and Jeff Locke to the Minors
Aug31

First Pitch: Why the Pirates Optioned Gerrit Cole and Jeff Locke to the Minors

Over the last two days, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a few moves to add some short-term depth, sending down players who have and will continue to be a big part of the 2014 season, all to get a few days of extra depth on the bench. The first move saw the Pirates option Gerrit Cole to Bristol, which allowed them to bring up Andrew Lambo. Then, they optioned Jeff Locke to Indianapolis, bringing up Brent Morel. Both moves probably...

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