Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates at the Major League Level
Apr27

Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates at the Major League Level

Injuries have played a big role in the minor leagues this year. A lot of top prospects have missed time, and that includes Jameson Taillon, the top pitching prospect, going down with Tommy John surgery. In the last week, the injuries have started to hit the Major League team as well. Wandy Rodriguez was the first to go down, although the move was convenient for the Pirates, since Rodriguez was struggling and had lost some velocity on...

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Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report
Apr25

Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report

Here are a few interesting prospect links for your Friday afternoon. **Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated writes that Gregory Polanco is the next big thing. He mostly talks with people in the organization, who compare Polanco favorably to people like Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen. I’ve said many times that I believe Polanco can be better than McCutchen, so I would be one who agrees with this assertion that Polanco is the next...

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Brandon Cumpton avoids first slow start of career
Apr23

Brandon Cumpton avoids first slow start of career

Brandon Cumpton is off to a staggeringly strong start this season. However, that is not something that he is generally accustomed to. This is a trend that holds up statistically as well, as 2014 is the only successful April that Cumpton has compiled in professional baseball. In 2013, Cumpton allowed 16 earned runs in 28 innings with Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2012, he allowed 10 earned runs in 25 innings with Altoona. But the most...

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Tyler Glasnow is Set to Make His 2014 Debut on Friday
Apr23

Tyler Glasnow is Set to Make His 2014 Debut on Friday

Top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow will be making his 2014 debut on Friday for Bradenton against St. Lucie. Glasnow missed the start of the season after having lower back tightness during Spring Training. He was recovered by the end of Spring Training, but needed time to build up his innings. In his final rehab start, Glasnow was hitting 100 MPH, hitting that number seven times, according to Jim Callis. The right-hander had hit 99...

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Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?
Apr22

Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Bryan Morris was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31, 2008 as a part of the deal that sent Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox and Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Morris was a part of a prospect package the Pirates returned that included Brandon Moss, Andy LaRoche and Craig Hansen. Morris’ start in his new organization was a rocky one, as he was suspended for “unprofessional” conduct in August of...

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Week In Review: Ike Davis Trade, More Polanco Dominance, 2014 Draft
Apr21

Week In Review: Ike Davis Trade, More Polanco Dominance, 2014 Draft

The big news for the Pittsburgh Pirates this week was the trade for Ike Davis. Beyond that, the Pirates went 2-5 against the Reds and Brewers, although they could have been 4-3 had it not been for Ryan Braun hitting ninth inning homers off Jason Grilli in back to back games. Neal Huntington Thinks the Pirates Can Get Ike Davis on the Right Track. That’s pretty obvious, since Huntington traded for Davis. However, he talks about...

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