Pirates Have Two High Level Scouts Watching David Price and Jon Lester
Jul25

Pirates Have Two High Level Scouts Watching David Price and Jon Lester

The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays have the pitching matchup of the night, with Jon Lester going up against David Price. Both pitchers are rumored to be possible additions to the trade block by the end of next week. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants both have two high level scouts watching the matchup. https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/492824235824259072 It’s hard to say...

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Success in Upcoming Road Trip Could Have Pirates Projected For the Playoffs
Jul25

Success in Upcoming Road Trip Could Have Pirates Projected For the Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off a nice week where they went 5-1 against the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The big victory came when they took two out of three against the Dodgers, which probably wasn’t expected. As a result, the Pirates saw their chances of making the playoffs increase in all of the projection systems. They’re still on the outside looking in, but the gap between the Pirates and the...

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The Approach That Has Tenth Round Pick Alex McRae Off to a Good Start
Jul25

The Approach That Has Tenth Round Pick Alex McRae Off to a Good Start

Alex McRae admitted that he’s learning to pitch again. The 21-year-old right-hander, a tenth-round pick in the most recent draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, did a good job on Thursday in Batavia, N.Y., of demonstrating his comprehension of these lessons. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound McRae, a former standout at Jacksonville University, put together his best professional outing in eight starts. “I’m learning how to pitch,” he said after his...

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Prospect Highlights: Alex McRae, and a Few 2014 Draft Picks With Great Plate Patience
Jul25

Prospect Highlights: Alex McRae, and a Few 2014 Draft Picks With Great Plate Patience

We constantly have video highlights from Indianapolis, Altoona, Bradenton, and the Gulf Coast League, but it’s rare to get a look at the new guys in Jamestown. Today we’ve got some video from last night’s Jammers game, shot by Pirates Prospects contributor Will Cleveland. Check back later today for Will’s article on 2014 tenth round pick Alex McRae. Details on the guys in the video are below. Alex McRae –...

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First Pitch: As Expected, Trades For Starting Pitchers Will Probably Cost a Ton
Jul25

First Pitch: As Expected, Trades For Starting Pitchers Will Probably Cost a Ton

Here’s something that probably won’t be a surprise: starting pitching looks like it’s going to cost a lot on the trade market this year. We saw this already when Jeff Samardzija was traded to the Oakland Athletics, with the Chicago Cubs getting multiple top prospects in return, highlighted by one of the best prospects in the game, Addison Russell. Based on the current rumored asking prices, it doesn’t look like...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham’s Dominating Start Goes Downhill Quick
Jul24

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham’s Dominating Start Goes Downhill Quick

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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