Minor Moves: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona Roster, Jeff Inman to Bradenton
Jun05

Minor Moves: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona Roster, Jeff Inman to Bradenton

The Altoona Curve have placed pitcher Tyler Sample on the disabled list with a left ankle injury and pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang from Taiwan was added to the Curve roster. The Bradenton Marauders have placed pitcher Robby Rowland on the disabled list and added Jeff Inman to the active roster. Yang  was signed to a minor league deal over the off-season and invited to Major League Spring Training. He pitched five times and gave up three runs...

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Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss Named To SAL All-Star Game
Jun03

Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss Named To SAL All-Star Game

The South Atlantic League All-Stars were announced this morning and the West Virginia Power will send two players to the game. Catcher Reese McGuire and second baseman Erich Weiss were named to the squad. McGuire missed some time in late April/early May and was hitting .222 at the time. He has been on fire since returning, compiling a 19-game hit streak that was snapped last night. He hit .333 in 22 games in May and currently has a...

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Week In Review: 2014 Draft, Impact of Bryan Morris Trade
Jun01

Week In Review: 2014 Draft, Impact of Bryan Morris Trade

The big news this week happened right at the end, the Bryan Morris trade to the Miami Marlins. That deal gave the Pittsburgh Pirates an extra draft pick at the top of the draft. That also meant more money for their draft pool and a chance to add an impact player to an already deep system. The focus has been on the 24th overall pick for most of our draft coverage, but early on we talked about a lot of players that were getting some...

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Chris Dickerson Being a Mentor to Gregory Polanco
Jun01

Chris Dickerson Being a Mentor to Gregory Polanco

Nearly all of the buzz in the Indianapolis outfield this season has been designated for Gregory Polanco. However, just to the right of the star prospect is a hitter who has been slightly overshadowed in Chris Dickerson. Dickerson has hit .329 in 40 games, with 18 extra base hits. He also boasted a 16-game hit streak earlier in the season, which was broken May 19. He has a .410 OBP and has reached base in 36 of his 38 starts this...

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Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages
May31

Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages

The Pirates system often gets compared to other systems in terms of quality.  In fact, it is often ranked very highly by all of the national outlets.  But how does it compare in other aspects? Is it pitching-heavy or position player-heavy? Was it built more through the draft or international signings compared to the average farm system? I recently posted some research on Batting Leadoff that looked at characteristics of MLB...

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Gregory Polanco Now Considered a Top Three Prospect in the Game
May30

Gregory Polanco Now Considered a Top Three Prospect in the Game

**Keith Law updated his top 25 prospects, removing a few guys who have already graduated, and adjusting some of the rankings for what has happened this year. The only Pirates prospect on the list was Gregory Polanco, who was ranked third overall, behind Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa. Polanco moves up ten spots from Law’s original rankings, likely due to his huge season. Law didn’t give much analysis on Polanco, other than...

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