Luis Heredia Headed in the Wrong Direction
Jun27

Luis Heredia Headed in the Wrong Direction

The 2014 Luis Heredia isn’t the same as the 2013 version. In some ways that is a good thing, but in other ways that is a bad sign. I got to see Heredia pitch last Saturday in Lakewood and talked to a scout afterwards, as well as someone who has seen Heredia a lot the last two years. Then, after his six shutout innings last night, I talked to that same scout, who followed the team to Delmarva. While the reports were better, they...

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Tyler Glasnow is Somehow Repeating His 2013 Success at a Higher Level
Jun25

Tyler Glasnow is Somehow Repeating His 2013 Success at a Higher Level

Over the weekend, I had an article on Baseball America about the developments Tyler Glasnow was working on this season, and pointing out how dominant he has been in his time in Bradenton. Glasnow started yesterday for the Marauders, and pitched another gem. He threw seven innings for the first time in his career, giving up one run on one hit, with two walks and six strikeouts. I didn’t go to the game expecting to write about...

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Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day
Jun24

Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day

When the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Cole Tucker with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 draft, it came as a surprise. Tucker wasn’t connected to the Pirates at all leading into the draft. He wasn’t ranked as a guy who could go in the first round. If there’s one person who wasn’t surprised, it was Tucker. “I knew going into the day that I was going to go somewhere in the top 30-40 picks,” Tucker...

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Prospect Report: Jaff Decker Sees Success on Both Sides
Jun22

Prospect Report: Jaff Decker Sees Success on Both Sides

After starting the season 4-for-22 and going five games without a hit toward the end of April, Jaff Decker has really righted the ship of late. The outfielder had a .923 OPS in the month of May, and an .826 OPS so far in June after going 3-for-5 with a home run last night. Though there have been some struggles early in the campaign, Decker was pleased with the effort. Through riding out the storm, Decker was hitting .246 with only 40...

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Cole Tucker Calls Signing with Pirates “Surreal”
Jun12

Cole Tucker Calls Signing with Pirates “Surreal”

“I feel like if I want to be a major leaguer, I have to improve in every aspect of my game,” Tucker said. “There’s nothing I do right now that’s good enough to be out there on that field right now.”

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Prospect Report: Mel Rojas adjusts to the Triple-A level
Jun04

Prospect Report: Mel Rojas adjusts to the Triple-A level

When Chris Dickerson went on the disabled list last week with a heel injury, Mel Rojas, Jr. benefited by earning a promotion to Triple-A and his listed hometown of Indianapolis. “This is a good level to be on,” Rojas said. “There are a lot of guys with experience here and I am sure that I am going to learn a lot from them.” In his first Triple-A at bat, Rojas picked up an infield single. In his second game, on Sunday, he added a pair...

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