The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think
Feb11

The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think

Dan Szymborski, the creator of ZiPS, took a look at the cost of the qualifying offer to free agents like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew. Szymborski looked at the values of draft picks based on his studies on the topic in the past, and came up with the numbers that losing a first round pick to sign a player would be the equivalent of losing about $23 M in future value. What this means for guys like Morales and Drew is that declining...

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Prospect Links: Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, ZiPS
Feb04

Prospect Links: Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, ZiPS

There has been a lot of prospect discussion today on Twitter involving the Pittsburgh Pirates and their prospects. Most of this is a result of the top 100 lists that were released last week. Here are some of the highlights. **First, over at U Gotta Believe, Imokemp posts a series of GIFs with highlights of Gregory Polanco’s speed and hitting. There are several GIFs where Polanco beats out infield hits using bunts, and also one...

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Who Will Be the Top Pirates Prospect in 2015?
Jan31

Who Will Be the Top Pirates Prospect in 2015?

Today we wrapped up our top 20 prospect countdown, finishing off with Gregory Polanco ranked as the top prospect in the system this year. If you enjoyed the countdown, and the reports that went with each prospect, I recommend buying the 2014 Prospect Guide. It includes the full top 50 prospects, along with a report on each player. What the countdown didn’t include were the stats, height, weight, bio information, and our grade...

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Prospect Videos: More Gregory Polanco Greatness and a New Shortstop
Jan25

Prospect Videos: More Gregory Polanco Greatness and a New Shortstop

Here are a few short videos to enjoy on your Saturday morning. Earlier in the week I posted two Gregory Polanco videos highlighting his power (a home run) and his speed (beating out a chopper to second base). Today there are two more Polanco clips, both coming from Imo Kemp, who is a must follow on Twitter (click the link to go to his Twitter page). The first clip is a response to Polanco beating out a grounder to second base this...

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Pirates Prospects Taking Calls Saturday Morning on 93.7 The Fan
Jan25

Pirates Prospects Taking Calls Saturday Morning on 93.7 The Fan

Tomorrow (or today, if you’re reading this on Saturday), I will be on 93.7 The Fan talking Pirates baseball with Dan Zangrilli. The show runs from 7-11 AM, and I will be on at 9:20 AM and 9:40 AM. Most interviews I do are just a discussion between myself and the host. This time around I’ll be taking calls and discussing the prospects in the system with you (if you happen to be one of the callers…otherwise...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Helps Team to Playoff Victory
Jan24

Winter Leagues: Polanco Helps Team to Playoff Victory

On Thursday night in the Dominican League finals, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-3, but he walked twice and scored two runs in his team’s 6-5 victory. Escogido now trails 3-1 in the best-of-nine game series. Polanco had an 0-for-4 night on Wednesday, when all four at-bats were against Major League pitchers in Esmil Rogers and Victor Marte. Polanco was ranked the 13th best prospect by MLB.com last night. Earlier in the week, he was...

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