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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DSL Prospect Watch: Dominican League All-Stars Named
Jul17

DSL Prospect Watch: Dominican League All-Stars Named

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 Game One Result: Pirates 5, Yankees2 0 Starting Pitcher: Jandy Vasquez, RHP (2-1, 4.41) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, CF (.216) – 1-for-3, 2 RBI Other...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Regalado Has Been Dominating With Impressive Control

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 3, Angels 2 Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (5-2, 3.20) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Sandy Santos, RF (.208) – 2-for-2, BB Other Notable...

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Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough
Jul14

Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough

The future for top Pirates hitting prospect Gregory Polanco has grown brighter and brighter for the last three years. The center fielder comes to the 2013 Futures Game as one of baseball’s most exciting minor-league outfielders. Showing up in New York City for All-Star Week represents a coming-out party for Polanco. He was neither a highly-touted draft choice nor a Dominican bonus baby, receiving just $75,000 from the Pittsburgh...

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Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game
Jul14

Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game

Pirates reliever Mark Melancon was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement, chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy. “I’m very humbled and excited to go,” Melancon said. “This is just a really cool moment. It takes your teammates to get to this game.” Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA during his first season in Pittsburgh. Jason Grilli’s setup man is second in the...

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