Gerrit Cole Ranks Third on the Eastern League Top 20

Yesterday Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2012 Eastern League season. Only one Pirates prospect made the list, with Gerrit Cole coming in third place. The list can be seen here, and scouting reports can be seen here by subscribers. Cole ranked third behind Manny Machado and Zack Wheeler, in that order. The scouting report was similar to the Florida State League recap. It did have an interesting note that one...

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Three Pirates Prospects in Florida State League Top 20

Baseball America released their Florida State League top 20 prospects today, and three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects were on the list. Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Gift Ngoepe were all named to the list. The list can be seen here, and scouting reports can be seen here for subscribers. Cole and Taillon were ranked second and third respectively. Baseball America noted Cole’s arsenal, but called his changeup average. The pitch...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Rule 5 Eligible Players

While the Rule 5 draft doesn’t take place until December, when Winter Meetings are being held in Nashville, Tennessee during the 3rd through the 6th, General Manager Neal Huntington and his front office staff have already begun their process of evaluating the talent. That process, Huntington said, starts back in Spring Training and continues throughout the season. Those first time eligible and re-eligible’s are evaluated...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players — Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker — could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have an option on veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who which could be exercised to return as their backup....

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Polanco and Hanson Make the South Atlantic League Top 20

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2012 South Atlantic League today. It’s no surprise that Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both made the list, with both prospects ending up in the top 10. The list can be viewed here, and scouting reports can be viewed here. Despite Hanson getting most of the attention this year, Polanco was ranked higher, coming in at number three on the list. Baseball America noted that...

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Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie Will Not Return in 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — According to a source, Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will not return to Pittsburgh’s staff for the 2013 season. The Pirates enter game action with a team .243 average. Ritchie has been hired as a head coach at his Alma mater George Washington University. Ritchie was not fired, according to the source, but made the decision to coach his Alma mater. The Pirates agreed to let him accept the position....

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