• Three Pirates Prospects in Florida State League Top 20

    Baseball America released their Florida State League top 20 prospects today, and three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects were on the list. Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Gift Ngoepe were all named to the list. The list can be seen here, and scouting reports can be seen here for subscribers. Cole and Taillon were...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Rule 5 Eligible Players

    While the Rule 5 draft doesn't take place until December, when Winter Meetings are being held in Nashville, Tennessee during the 3rd through the 6th, General Manager Neal Huntington and his front office staff have already begun their process of evaluating the talent. That process, Huntington said, starts back in Spring Training...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

    The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players -- Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker -- could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have...

  • Polanco and Hanson Make the South Atlantic League Top 20

    Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2012 South Atlantic League today. It's no surprise that Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both made the list, with both prospects ending up in the top 10. The list can be viewed here, and scouting reports can be viewed here. Despite Hanson getting...

  • Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie Will Not Return in 2013

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- According to a source, Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will not return to Pittsburgh's staff for the 2013 season. The Pirates enter game action with a team .243 average. Ritchie has been hired as a head coach at his Alma mater George Washington University. Ritchie was not fired, according to the...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Ben Sheets

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • McDonald Steps Away From Game to Get on Track

    James McDonald has made just one appearance out of the bullpen after he was replaced  in the rotation with Kyle McPherson on Sept 16, two days after his final start of the season against the Chicago Cubs. The move was not only to for the organization to get a look at the rookie...

  • Evaluations Being Completed On Second Straight Collapse

    'I'm easy to please, and hard to satisfy,' has been Manager Clint Hurdle's MO since he took over as skipper prior to the 2011 season. And prior to Sunday's finale with the Reds, Hurdle said there have been some things that have pleased him this year, but he's not satisfied with the season...

  • Alen Hanson and Nathan Kilcrease Nominated For Awards

    The West Virginia Power announced today that two players from the 2012 roster have been nominated for season-ending awards by MiLB.com. Alen Hanson is one of 12 nominees for Breakout Prospect of the Year and Nathan Kilcrease has been nominated for the Relief Pitcher of the Year award. Hanson was one of...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Tommy Hanson

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

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