Does Tony Sanchez Have a Throwing Problem?
Jun14

Does Tony Sanchez Have a Throwing Problem?

Last night there were a lot of people on Twitter calling for the Pirates to replace Michael McKenry with Tony Sanchez. On one side you’ve got McKenry, who is pretty established to be a liability with the running game. On the other side you’ve got Tony Sanchez, who has strong defense that could allow him to play in the majors today. I’m not going to talk about how well he’s hitting, because I don’t think...

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Jameson Taillon’s Delivery Shows That Prospects Don’t Develop Overnight

In 2011 I was in West Virginia for Jameson Taillon’s pro debut. It was raining that night, which had a lot of scouts in the tight confines of the Appalachian Power Park press box. I was talking with an AL scout about Taillon in anticipation of his debut. This particular scout had seen Taillon pitch before, and had an opinion that stood out to me. “He’s never going to be able to throw fastballs at the knees.”...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gerrit Cole

We usually release our mid-season prospect rankings right after the MLB draft. This not only shows the updated rankings with half of the minor league season in the books, but it also shows where the new draft picks fit in. This year we held the rankings for a few days due to Gerrit Cole making his major league debut. Cole was included in the rankings that were submitted, and was the consensus choice as the top prospect in the system....

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Draft Day One Recap: Pirates Go With High Upside Prep Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a theme on day one of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft: left-handed prep players. With their first pick, the Pirates took Austin Meadows, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Georgia. With their second pick in the first round, the Pirates took Reese McGuire, a left-handed hitting prep catcher from San Diego. Then in the second round the Pirates took Blake Taylor, a left-handed prep pitcher. With the...

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How to Follow the Draft On Pirates Prospects

It may or may not be a surprise that the MLB draft has always been the biggest event on this site. It was a few years ago, during the 2009 draft, that the site got its first boost in readers on draft day. The site went from having 200-300 views per day to over 2,000 views per day thanks in large part to Rob Neyer highlighting my day two recap. Ironically the day two recap talked about how the prep pitchers in the 2009 draft made the...

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P3 Episode 7: Talking Pirates Draft With Jim Callis of Baseball America

Episode seven of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. The MLB Draft is on Thursday, and to prepare we have a special draft-only podcast, featuring special guest Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) of Baseball America. Highlights of the show include: **John Dreker and I discuss the Pirates Prospects Top 100 Tiered Rankings, which can be found here. We give our thoughts on the 9th and 14th picks, plus some of the...

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