Prospect Trends: Hanson’s Getting It in Gear While Pimentel’s Going the Other Way

The farm system as a whole has been in something of a slump for a week or so, but a couple of former prospects are showing some power at the upper levels and one of the team’s top prospects is overcoming a bad start.  Meanwhile, the bullpen depth has taken a hit lately. The Good Matt Hague, 1B (AAA):  He’s past the prospect stage, but Hague could still rate consideration for a callup if the Pirates suffered a couple of...

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Save $8 On The Pirates Prospects Books With the MLB Draft Sale

The 2013 MLB Draft is one week away, and is always one of the biggest events on the site. To celebrate, we’re offering the 2013 Pirates Prospects books at a discount with our MLB Draft sale. By using the code “2013DRAFT”, you can get the 2013 books for $13 each, which is a savings of $8 per book. You can order the books on the products page of the site. The 2013 Prospect Guide features our pre-season top 50...

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Links: Are the Pirates For Real?

Every year it seems like there’s one surprise team that everyone starts talking about early in the season. The Pirates have been a surprise team in each of the previous two years, but I don’t recall the discussion starting this early (probably because they broke out in June 2011, and had a historically bad offense this time of the year last year). In the last few days there have been a few articles that have gone up...

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Five Candidates For a Promotion and When They Could Be Promoted

One of the best ways to figure out when (or if) a player is going to be promoted is by looking at what the organization has done with previous players. For the most part, each player is an individual circumstance and should be treated with an individual approach. However, there are usually a lot of trends you can find with an individual team which can be used to predict the path of future players. For example, the Pirates have...

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Stetson Allie, Matt Hague, and Alen Hanson Win Player of the Week Awards

Yesterday I posted the weekly top performers, with Stetson Allie and Matt Hague leading the group of hitters over the last week. Both players also led their individual leagues and were recognized with Player of the Week honors. Hague was named the International League player of the week after going 8-for-21 with five doubles and two homers. Hague is the second Indians batter and third Tribe player to win an IL weekly award following...

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Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates Among Top 25 Prospects

Keith Law has unveiled a new top 25 prospect list for Insider subscribers and he has three Pittsburgh Pirates players listed. Rated first among Pirates players is pitcher Gerrit Cole in the 12th spot. That is four spots down from his pre-season ranking. Law then has Jameson Taillon ranked #14, which is six spots higher than he had him in the pre-season. Finally, he has Gregory Polanco making the huge jump from 55th place earlier, all...

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