DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Shut Out Mets, De La Cruz Homers Again
Jul19

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Shut Out Mets, De La Cruz Homers Again

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 5, Mets2 0 Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (2.02) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, DH (.202) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI Other Notable...

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Gregory Polanco Draws Rave Reviews From the Futures Game
Jul18

Gregory Polanco Draws Rave Reviews From the Futures Game

There’s something about the Futures Game that leads to a top Pirates prospect giving a bad first impression that doesn’t represent his skills at all. On Sunday, Gregory Polanco started in center field for the World team. Polanco went 0-for-1 with a walk, but the thing that stood out was his bad route on a ball hit over his head to straightaway center field. You can see the route in the video at the top of this article....

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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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