Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson Highlight Arizona Fall League Preview
Oct08

Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson Highlight Arizona Fall League Preview

The Arizona Fall League schedule gets underway on Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates will have seven players take part in the league, including two of their top prospects, Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson. The AFL is a six team league that runs through the middle of November and each team will play a 31 game schedule. The Pirates players are assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the East Division. Scottsdale will also have prospects...

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Phil Irwin Is Also Going to the Arizona Fall League
Sep10

Phil Irwin Is Also Going to the Arizona Fall League

Earlier I reported that Jameson Taillon will be heading to the Arizona Fall League this off-season. I’ve also learned that right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin will be going to the AFL. Irwin missed almost the entire season due to an injury. He made one start with Indianapolis, then was called up to Pittsburgh to fill in the rotation. He only threw 4.2 innings, then was shut down for a few weeks. He returned for one more start with...

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Jameson Taillon Heading to the Arizona Fall League
Sep10

Jameson Taillon Heading to the Arizona Fall League

Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon will be heading to the Arizona Fall League this year, Pirates Prospects has learned. A few weeks ago the initial AFL rosters were released, with Alen Hanson, Alex Dickerson, Gift Ngoepe, Tyler Waldron, and Zack Thornton all attending. Taillon is a new addition to the list, and when combined with Hanson and Dickerson, makes this year a pretty exciting group to follow. Taillon spent the...

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Pirates Prospects 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year
Sep09

Pirates Prospects 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed a large focus on pitching in recent years, either through the draft, international markets, or in the free agent bargain bin. For that reason, you’d expect a lot of competition each year for the top performing pitcher in the system. There were a lot of strong candidates this year. Kris Johnson put up a 2.39 ERA in 135.2 innings of work, and was the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month in both...

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Pirates Prospects 2013 Minor League Player of the Year
Sep09

Pirates Prospects 2013 Minor League Player of the Year

In previous years there has been a debate over the top performing hitting prospect in the system. In 2011 it was Starling Marte vs Robbie Grossman. In 2012 it was Gregory Polanco vs Alen Hanson. This year there was no debate. Andrew Lambo was clearly the top performer this year among hitting prospects in the Pirates system, and is the Pirates Prospects Minor League Player of the Year. Lambo combined for a .282/.347/.574 line in 444...

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Prospect Watch: Jamestown Eliminated From the Playoffs
Sep08

Prospect Watch: Jamestown Eliminated From the Playoffs

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.┬áNote 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. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page. 1. Jameson Taillon, RHP,...

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