Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects
Jul18

Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

Keith Law released his mid-season top 50 prospects list today, and has three Pittsburgh Pirates on the list. Law has Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Alen Hanson as top 50 guys, which has been about the same as every other list we’ve seen. Taillon comes in at number 13, up from his pre-season ranking of 20. Law notes that Taillon can be too easy to hit due to lack of life on his fastball. Polanco was ranked 17th, up from...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates2 Go Extra Against Cubs In Walk-Off Win

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 8, Yankees2 5 in 10 innings Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (4.80) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, CF (.225) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI,...

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Trade Values: The Prospects in the Pirates System
Jul18

Trade Values: The Prospects in the Pirates System

We talk about trade values all the time on the site, usually focusing on the value of major league players who could be options for the Pirates. The values of the prospects in the system are pretty static and easy to come up with. They are usually based on whether the prospect is a top 100 guy, or whether he is rated as a Grade B or C prospect. The top 100 rankings are usually based off Baseball America, while John Sickels is usually...

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Pirates Land a Competitive Balance Pick in the 2014 Draft
Jul17

Pirates Land a Competitive Balance Pick in the 2014 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates have landed a 2014 draft pick in today’s Competitive Balance Lottery. The Pirates got the fifth pick in Comp Round B of the 2014 draft, which takes place after the second round, according to Clint Longenecker of Baseball America. Last year the Pirates won the second pick in Comp Round A, which ended up being the 35th overall selection in the 2013 draft. They traded the pick at the 2012 deadline, along with...

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Pirates Have a Good Chance of Landing a First Round Pick Today
Jul17

Pirates Have a Good Chance of Landing a First Round Pick Today

The MLB Competitive Balance Lottery is this afternoon, awarding 12 draft picks to 14 possible teams. Six of those draft picks will come at the end of the first round of the 2014 draft. The other six will come at the end of the second round. Jonathan Mayo has a breakdown of the Competitive Balance Lottery, along with the percentages of each team to receive a pick from Comp Round A. The Pirates have a 7.5% chance of landing the top...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Mid-Season Prospect Recap
Jul17

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Mid-Season Prospect Recap

The All-Star break isn’t really the mid-season point for anything. The Major League season is six months long, so the mid-season point is the end of June. The minor league season is five months long, so the mid-season point is the middle of June, rather than the middle of July. The All-Star break does provide a few days off to reflect on the first half (and then some) of the season, so the mid-season reviews are more out of...

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