• Prospect Notebook: Cole Impressed In Short Time With Altoona

    Gerrit Cole will not likely help the Pittsburgh Pirates in their playoff push, but the right-hander will get the experience of pitching in playoff baseball. On Wednesday evening, Pittsburgh promoted their top pitching prospect from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move is to give Cole the taste of not only a...

  • Prospect Notebook: September Callup Candidates

    Less than a month from now, on September 1st, Major League Baseball rosters will expand. Teams will be able to call up additional players, beyond the current 25-man restrictions. Only players who are on the 40-man roster will be eligible to be called up, which means teams can call up a maximum...

  • Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler Is a Sleeper Pitching Prospect

    Casey Sadler’s progression in pro ball so far has matched his progression on the mound in college. In college, he began his career in the bullpen, then later moved to the rotation full time. Sadler was moved back to the bullpen once he turned pro, and has stayed there until this season....

  • Prospect Notebook: Trading From the Rule 5 Candidates

    Every year we keep track of the upcoming Rule 5 eligible players, tracking who the Pittsburgh Pirates will have to protect the following off-season. The term typically used is “The Rule 5 Roster Crunch”. That term has led to a big misconception about the Rule 5 draft. The Pirates are at risk...

  • Prospect Notebook: Baker Enjoying Move To Pen; McPherson Trying to Get Back on Track

    Nathan Baker spent the entire 2011 season with the High-A Bradenton Marauders, where he made 25 starts (29 appearances). The left-hander posted a 3.34 ERA over a career-high 148.1 innings and cut down his walk to strikeout ratio with a 6.4 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9. Baker was promoted to Double-A Altoona...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole Reflects on Futures Game, Colla Incorporates Long Toss

    Gerrit Cole has always been a starter, so when he was asked to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning of the MLB Futures game on Sunday, it was a little strange for the right-hander. “It was weird,” Cole said. “I think it was weird for everybody. We had 10...

  • Prospect Notebook: Marte Could be Promoted During Midst of Pennant Race

    By Kristy Robinson and Tim Williams Prospect Starling Marte has been swinging a hot bat in Triple-A recently, which has begun the frenzy of questions on when he will be called up. Marte is hitting for a .290/.350/.492 line with nine homers in 331 at-bats in Triple-A this year, and has a...

  • Prospect Notebook: Pirates Successful in the International Market

    Since Neal Huntington and company took over in 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates have upped their amateur spending budgets each year. In the draft, no team spent more money than the Pirates from 2008-2011. In the international market, the Pirates have upped their budget to $3 M a year. They’ve gone over that...

  • Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Continues Hot Hitting in Day Games; Lincoln, McCutchen Updates

    After Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs on Friday, the third baseman ripped a bases clearing double to right field off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright to tie the game up at 5. Alvarez has been red hot over his last two weeks, going  17-for-47 (.362)...

  • Pirates Notebook: Tabata Getting Closer to Being Demoted

    If Jose Tabata doesn’t get his act together, the outfielder could face a demotion to Triple-A. After Tabata made several throwing errors in right field in the Pirates 8-3 loss to Philadelphia on Monday, the outfielder saw himself get bumped down to seventh in the lineup, and on Thursday was benched. Tabata has...

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