Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates Among Top 25 Prospects

Keith Law has unveiled a new top 25 prospect list for Insider subscribers and he has three Pittsburgh Pirates players listed. Rated first among Pirates players is pitcher Gerrit Cole in the 12th spot. That is four spots down from his pre-season ranking. Law then has Jameson Taillon ranked #14, which is six spots higher than he had him in the pre-season. Finally, he has Gregory Polanco making the huge jump from 55th place earlier, all...

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One Day FREE Fantasy Contest – $300 in cash prizes

If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a new way to play fantasy baseball that turns the season long grind into quick one night leagues.  And the best part is that you can win cash every single day.  You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night. DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving Pirates Prospects readers a great promotion to kick off the MLB...

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Is Stetson Allie a Future All-Star, Platoon Player, or Minor League Director?

Stetson Allie has been one of the best stories in the Pirates’ minor league system this year. I get asked all the time why he’s not a top 20 prospect yet, when he’ll be moved up to Double-A, and even what he could become in the future. I’m generally hesitant to give high rankings to first basemen. I’m also hesitant to give high rankings to hitters based on low-A numbers, unless I see some really promising...

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Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

Jeff Locke, let’s talk. Heh. Rhymes. Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates’ 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You have pitched five quality starts in your last six outings in the last month, allowing an average of fewer than four hits per start. Combine those with your earlier starts, and you find yourself 11th of 59 qualified NL...

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After a Rough Start, Alen Hanson Has Done a Complete 180

Ground balls are supposed to lead to easy outs. When you see a routine grounder hit to shortstop, you expect an out. There’s usually no feeling that the play could go wrong. You get ready to write “6-3″ in your scorebook, even before the play is finished. There’s a reason they call it “routine”. That wasn’t the case with Alen Hanson early in the season. Hanson’s defense at the start of...

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Barmes Makes Adjustment, Improves at the Plate

The common (and mostly correct) assessment of what Clint Barmes brings to the Pirates is that he’s a player who provides a capable defensive option at shortstop but brings little to the table with his bat. One just needs to look to his 0 for 3 performance on Sunday against Houston to see that. Barmes was never intended to be a player Pittsburgh looked to as a vital piece of its lineup, as made evident by his usual appearance in...

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