Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System
Aug27

Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System

The 2014 season has been a nice breakout campaign for Elias Diaz, which sees him finishing up at Triple-A and emerging as one of the best catching prospects in the system. One of the main reason Diaz has reached this level is that he has seen tremendous progress at the plate over the last two seasons. In 326 at bats with Altoona this season, Diaz hit .328 with an .823 OPS. This included 20 doubles and six home runs. As for the...

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Josh Bell Discusses His Move to First Base and His Knee Injury
Aug27

Josh Bell Discusses His Move to First Base and His Knee Injury

Yesterday it was announced that Josh Bell will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he will play exclusively at first base. While in Altoona, Bell had been taking reps before the games with infield coordinator Gary Green, until a bone bruise in his left knee caused him to sit out the last couple of weeks of the season. Bell said that his knee felt good, and that he was only a few days away before he can begin to ramp up his...

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Prospect Watch: Big Days For Tito Polo, Chase Simpson, and Reese McGuire
Aug26

Prospect Watch: Big Days For Tito Polo, Chase Simpson, and Reese McGuire

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Josh Bell Moving to First Base in the Arizona Fall League
Aug26

Josh Bell Moving to First Base in the Arizona Fall League

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell will be moving to first base during the Arizona Fall League this off-season, according to Rob Biertempfel and Tom Singer. Bell was one of several top prospects named to the team earlier today. The move is somewhat expected, since Bell doesn’t really have a future in a Pirates’ outfield that includes Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. Bell moved up to...

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Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz
Aug26

Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending eight players to the Arizona Fall League this off-season, with the eight players playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions will be managed by Jeff Banister. Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, and Nick Kingham headline the list of players who will be playing in the showcase league. The Pirates will be sending their two top healthy pitching prospects in Glasnow and Kingham. Glasnow should start...

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Prospect Watch: Lambo Homers Again; The Chase Simpson Marathon
Aug26

Prospect Watch: Lambo Homers Again; The Chase Simpson Marathon

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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