Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop
Oct30

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop

In my opinion, shortstop is the hardest position to fill at the major league level. That’s probably not just my opinion. There’s a reason why teams don’t trade young shortstop talent. There’s a reason why guys like Yuniesky Betancourt get starting jobs in the majors. Shortstop is the hardest position to defend, requiring the most athleticism. Catcher might be tied, but catching requires skills completely...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field
Oct28

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field

During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few options in right field, and none of them worked out. Heading into the 2013 season, it looked like they would solve this problem by going with a quantity of starting candidates, giving them a chance that one could break out. They traded for Travis Snider last year at the deadline. Jose Tabata was returning, with inconsistent production under his belt. They had Alex Presley on...

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2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct25

2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The 2013 season was the first year for the Pirates in Jamestown, after ending their relationship with the State College Spikes over the 2012-13 off-season. Jamestown featured a lot of talented young players this year, although the makeup was a bit different from what State College was used to seeing. The pitchers were still young, but many of them were right out of college, rather than high school players from the previous...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen
Oct24

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen

If there was any doubt that Neal Huntington can build a bullpen, then the 2013 season should have erased that doubt. Last off-season, Huntington traded Joel Hanrahan in his final year of team control. In return, the Pirates got Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan made $7 M and went down early with a season ending injury. He will be a free agent this off-season. Melancon put up a 1.39 ERA in 71...

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2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct23

2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second straight year, the West Virginia Power featured the biggest breakout prospects in the system. Last year it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson who broke out. This year it was Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie. Along with those two, West Virginia had one of the most talented groups of prospects in the system this year. That was fueled by a strong pitching staff with ten players who have hit 93 MPH or better, and four...

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