DSL Pirates Report: Luis Escobar Shows Improvements, While Another Pitcher is Out For the Season
Jun29

DSL Pirates Report: Luis Escobar Shows Improvements, While Another Pitcher is Out For the Season

The DSL Pirates have struggled as a group this year, posting an 8-17 record. They snapped a nine game losing streak on Friday and won again on Saturday, so week four ended on a good note. The starting pitching was very consistent this week, with no starter allowing more than two earned runs in any of the six games. The offense scored just four runs in the first three games, then put up 23 runs in the last three. We start off with some...

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Pirates Plan to Get Connor Joe Reps Behind the Plate in Fall League
Jun27

Pirates Plan to Get Connor Joe Reps Behind the Plate in Fall League

Jonathan Mayo had a an article from a few days ago in which he mentioned that the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to use Connor Joe in the outfielder during the rest of this season, then get him work behind the plate in the Fall Instructional League. The Pirates took Joe with the 39th overall pick in the draft this year and signed him ten days ago. He has been assigned to the Jamestown roster and hasn’t played his first game yet. During...

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Vance Worley Looks Like the Pirates Big Reclamation Project This Year
Jun26

Vance Worley Looks Like the Pirates Big Reclamation Project This Year

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle talked about how teams needed depth in the rotation, and needed to think about Plan B, Plan C, and beyond. That’s been true for the Pirates this year, as seen by the fact that they currently have three starting pitchers in the majors who were in Triple-A to start the season. One of those starters is Vance Worley. At the start of the year he looked like a guy you could...

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Pirates Are Going to Find Playing Time For Josh Harrison as a Super Utility Player
Jun24

Pirates Are Going to Find Playing Time For Josh Harrison as a Super Utility Player

Josh Harrison has had a phenomenal year so far. He has played second base, third base, shortstop, and the corner outfield spots. He’s been a leadoff hitter when the Pirates needed a leadoff guy. He was a right fielder before Gregory Polanco arrived, bridging the gap while the Pirates waited for their top prospect to arrive. He filled in as the second baseman when Neil Walker was out. Overall he’s hitting for a...

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Josh Bell Selected For the Future’s Game
Jun24

Josh Bell Selected For the Future’s Game

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell has been selected to MLB’s Futures Game. Bell is the lone representative for the Pirates. He’s been playing for the Bradenton Marauders this season, and putting up outstanding numbers so far. He’s got a .336/.386/.518 line in 274 at-bats this season, and the numbers in June have been even better. Bell is on fire this month, with a .427/.482/.707 line with five homers in...

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DSL Pirates Report: More Praise For Adrian Valerio’s Defense, Scouting Report on a New Pitcher
Jun22

DSL Pirates Report: More Praise For Adrian Valerio’s Defense, Scouting Report on a New Pitcher

Week three of the DSL season was not kind to the Pirates club. They lost five in a row after winning 13-2 on Monday. They were outscored 36-15 in those games and once again, the pitching has been the biggest problem for the team, especially the bullpen. Below, you will find the week in review and some thoughts on the early season, starting with the top prospects on offense. Right fielder Jeremias Portorreal had his six game hit streak...

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