Scout: Nick Kingham is a Poor Man’s Gerrit Cole
Aug16

Scout: Nick Kingham is a Poor Man’s Gerrit Cole

Following a fast start at Triple-A, Nick Kingham has come back down to Earth as of late. However, this has not dashed one American League scout’s opinion on the right-hander. The scout referred to Kingham as having the possibility as a frontline starter in Pittsburgh. “He has a hard change, but good fade,” the scout said. “There is late slider run and command with the fastball.” These pitches allow the scout to compare him to...

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Looking Back at Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz Before the 2014 Season
Aug15

Looking Back at Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz Before the 2014 Season

Today I opened up the last case of the 2014 Prospect Guide, which will be the last of the paperback version of the book, since I’ll be starting to writing process of the 2015 version in about a month. If you’re unfamiliar with the Prospect Guide, it’s a book we release every year, detailing every player in the minor league system. The scouting reports came out in December, but it’s still a reference I use daily...

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Can JaCoby Jones Become a Starting Shortstop in the Majors?
Aug14

Can JaCoby Jones Become a Starting Shortstop in the Majors?

JaCoby Jones is having an impressive season at the plate in West Virginia. Last night he hit two homers, giving him 20 on the year. I pointed out how he is the first shortstop prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system to do this since 1996, when Chad Hermansen was playing the position and hit 24 homers. Obviously no one wants to ever hear a prospect mentioned in the same sentence as Hermansen. Then again, the Pirates had a...

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Second Round Pick With a Million Dollar Performance
Aug12

Second Round Pick With a Million Dollar Performance

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted RHP Mitch Keller with the 64th overall pick in the 2014 draft and signed him right away to a $1,000,000 bonus. One of the few perks to the new draft rules since 2012, is getting players into the system quicker and getting them playing time that same year. Under the old rules, Keller would probably be signing this Friday, using the old August 15th signing deadline date. On Tuesday afternoon in the Gulf...

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Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015
Aug11

Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015

Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a switch, moving shortstop Alen Hanson over to second base. On Sunday, Neal Huntington said that Hanson was moved to second base to be Major League ready to help the team in 2015. Hanson does have the defensive skills to be a shortstop, but needs some work at the position to add consistency. The emergence of Jordy Mercer over the last year, along with Mercer’s improved defense this year,...

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Jamestown Sends Three to NYPL All-Star Game
Aug09

Jamestown Sends Three to NYPL All-Star Game

The Jamestown Jammers will send three players to the NYPL All-Star game, which takes place on Tuesday, August 19th in Brooklyn. First baseman Kevin Ross, outfielder Carl Anderson and relief pitcher Sam Street will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the game. Ross was drafted by the Pirates in the 8th round in 2012 and played his first two seasons in the GCL. He is hitting .270/.278/.358 in 148 at-bats. He has hit a...

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