First Pitch: Revisiting the Idea That the Pirates Have Been Unsuccessful in the Draft

The 2013 draft is complete, and we’ll have our mid-season top 20 prospect rankings coming out this week. There are two things I noticed during these two events. During the draft I noticed the usual “the Pirates can’t draft” or “maybe this year will be better” comments. Then, when doing the prospect rankings, I noticed how there were so many top players that came from the draft. And when looking at...

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First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – Everybody Loves Cody Dickson

Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2013 bonus pool have been selected. Just like last night we will give our reactions to the picks. You can check out the recap of the day here. Wilbur Miller and John Dreker were both following the draft today, with the three of us working to find information on the new Pirates prospects. You can find all of our thoughts below. Tim Williams On the surface, day two of the...

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First Pitch: Reactions to the Day One Picks

Day one of the 2013 MLB Draft is in the books. The Pittsburgh Pirates took Austin Meadows with their first pick, Reese McGuire with their second pick in the first round, and Blake Taylor with their second round pick. For more on the three picks, check out our Day One Recap. John Dreker and Wilbur Miller have been following the draft prospects all year, and were both following along tonight. Below you will find our thoughts on day one,...

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First Pitch: Would the Pirates Be Taking a Risk With Reese McGuire?

  Greg Rosenstein of ESPN had an article today talking about the risk with high school catchers. Rosenstein quoted an NL West scout who said “High school catchers don’t make the big leagues.” The article went on to explain the risks with high school catchers, noting that they’re not physically mature, there are mental issues to worry about, and there’s uneven performance. That has to be concerning for...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have the Top Farm System?

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close. Passan went on to highlight all of the usual names. He didn’t mention Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but did mention Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. He focused a lot on Tyler...

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First Pitch: Ten Things I Love About Baseball – Ump Show Edition

Tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates took on the Atlanta Braves in the first game of a three game series between two of the best teams in the National League. Kind of boring, right? Not exactly the type of game where you’re going for the teams. Fortunately, there was one thing that made the game watchable. The home plate umpire… Hold on a second. Let me look up his name. … Still looking. … Here we go. Dan Iassogna....

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