Pirates Prospects » News and Rumors http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 15:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Carlos Munoz Named to the GCL All-Star Team http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/carlos-munoz-named-to-the-gcl-all-star-team.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/carlos-munoz-named-to-the-gcl-all-star-team.html#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:54:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87728 The Gulf Coast League announced their post-season All-Star team today. The Pittsburgh Pirates had one player on the team, with first baseman Carlos Munoz getting the honors. Munoz hit for a .284/.377/.421 line in 197 at-bats this year, along with four homers and 15 doubles. The most impressive part of his game is that he had more walks (30) than strikeouts (16).

This is actually the third year in a row that he accomplished this feat. He had a 27:54 K/BB ratio in 2013 in the DSL, and an 18:40 K/BB ratio in 2012 in the DSL. The last two years, he has shown the ability to hit for average and add some power to his game.

Munoz is a short first baseman who is on the heavy side. He moves well for his size, but the size does raise concerns about whether he will be successful in the long-term. Right now he’s an interesting lower level prospect, with plate patience skills that are hard to teach.

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The Jamestown Jammers are Relocating to Morgantown http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/the-jamestown-jammers-are-relocating-to-morgantown.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/the-jamestown-jammers-are-relocating-to-morgantown.html#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:36:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86889 The Jamestown Jammers will be relocating to Morgantown next year, according to Mitch Vingle of the West Virginia Gazette. Vingle is hearing this from West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck.

When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved to Jamestown for the 2013 season, we heard that this might lead to a move to Morgantown for the 2015 season. WVU was building a new stadium for their baseball team, which could also host a New York-Penn League team.

The assumption here is that the Pirates will continue their Player Development Contract with the Jammers, and make the move to Morgantown next year. The Pirates don’t own the franchise, and only have a two-year deal with the Jammers as their NYPL affiliate. I’ve been hearing things from within the organization that suggest it will be the Pirates playing in Morgantown next year. This has been the assumption for two years, but what I’ve heard lately seems to be based on new information, and not an old assumption.

The stadium in Morgantown is currently in the process of being build. The last thing I saw on the subject had an estimated completion of next Spring, which would be perfect timing for a short-season team to start their season in mid-to-late June. Vingle said that a press conference would be held on Monday at 4 PM, at which time we can expect more details to come out.

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Two Altoona Curve Players Named to Season-Ending All-Star Team http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/two-altoona-curve-players-named-to-season-ending-all-star-team.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/two-altoona-curve-players-named-to-season-ending-all-star-team.html#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:44:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86806 The Eastern League has announced their season-ending All-Stars and two Altoona Curve players were named to the team. Catcher Elias Diaz and starting pitcher Adrian Sampson were the selections. Both players had breakout season this year and they were both recently promoted to Indianapolis.

Sampson made 24 starts before his promotion. In 148 innings, he had a 2.55 ERA, with a 99:30 K/BB ratio, a .229 BAA, 1.05 WHIP and a 1.20 GO/AO ratio. He ranks second in the Eastern League in both ERA and WHIP, third with ten wins and eighth in strikeouts.

Diaz had a .328/.378/.445 slash line in 326 at-bats. He has career highs in all three Triple Crown categories this year. Even with the strong hitting this year, Diaz is an even better defensive player. He was called the Eastern League’s best defensive catcher in a recent poll on Baseball America. Last year, he was named the best defensive catcher in the Florida State League.

Both Diaz and Sampson were named to the Eastern League All-Star team back in July.

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Pirates Losing Scout and Former Pitching Coach Mike Steele http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-losing-scout-and-former-pitching-coach-mike-steele.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-losing-scout-and-former-pitching-coach-mike-steele.html#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:51:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86562 The Pittsburgh Pirates will be losing Mike Steele, a scout that played a big role in the drafting of 2014 first round pick Cole Tucker. Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game reports that Steele will be going to Long Beach State University to be an assistant coach.

Prior to becoming an area scouting supervisor this year, Steele was a pitching coach in the Pirates’ system from 2008-2013. He coached in Lynchburg in 2008, in State College from 2009-2010, in Bradenton from 2011-2012, and coached in Jamestown in 2013. During this time he coached a lot of pitchers who have since reached the majors, such as Gerrit Cole, Brandon Cumpton, Casey Sadler, Vic Black, Phil Irwin, Duke Welker, and Kyle McPherson. He also coached Jameson Taillon in Bradenton in 2012.

One of the reasons I warmed to the Cole Tucker pick, aside from the fact that a lot of information came out saying Tucker was better than the publicized rankings, was due to Steele’s involvement. He showed a good eye for spotting talent when he was a pitching coach. As one example, when Tyler Glasnow was in his first Spring Training with the Pirates, Steele was raving about him, talking about how Glasnow would eventually throw 200 MPH. This was back when Glasnow was just another mid-round prep pitcher who no one really knew about, and who only threw 88-91 MPH. It was before he was hitting 96 MPH at the end of the 2012 season, and well before his big breakout in 2013.

Obviously it’s tough anytime the Pirates lose someone with a good eye for talent. We’ll have updates on this if we receive any word from the Pirates on the situation.

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2014 Pirates Draft Pick Suspended For HGH http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/2014-pirates-draft-pick-suspended-for-hgh.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/2014-pirates-draft-pick-suspended-for-hgh.html#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:27:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86525 Pittsburgh Pirates 17th round draft Michael Clemens has been suspended 68 games after testing positive for HGH. The right-hander has been pitching this year for Bristol, where he had a 1.00 ERA over 18 innings in 13 appearances. The 21-year-old went to McNeese State and signed shortly after the draft.

The total number of games in the suspension was explained in the link above by Danny Wild of MiLB.com:

“Under the rules of the new Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for Rookie and Short-Season leagues, a first violation receives a discipline of 80 games or the total number of regular-season games in the league, whichever is shorter.”

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Tyler Glasnow Earns Second Straight FSL Pitcher of the Week Award http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/tyler-glasnow-earns-second-straight-fsl-pitcher-of-the-week-award.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/tyler-glasnow-earns-second-straight-fsl-pitcher-of-the-week-award.html#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:49:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86513 Tyler Glasnow has won his second straight Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award, this one for the week of August 11-17. Glasnow made two starts during the week, throwing a total of 13.1 innings, with 18 strikeouts and just one run allowed. On the season, he has a 1.43 ERA in 113.1 innings, with 140 strikeouts and a .167 BAA.

Glasnow won the previous week’s award with 11 strikeouts over six shutout innings. Earlier in the day, Glasnow commented on remaining with Bradenton all season, as the make a playoff run. We also had live coverage of his outing from Sunday night and then commented on him possibly being the top prospect in the Pirates system now. Basically, there is a lot of current Glasnow coverage and deservedly so with the season he is having.

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How a Sports Handicapper Tried to Frame Jeff Locke For Fixing Games Over a Facebook Message http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/how-a-sports-handicapper-tried-to-frame-jeff-locke-for-fixing-games-over-a-facebook-message.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/how-a-sports-handicapper-tried-to-frame-jeff-locke-for-fixing-games-over-a-facebook-message.html#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:18:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86168 This story from Sports Illustrated is probably the craziest story you’ll read this week. It’s about how a sports handicapper and a childhood friend of Jeff Locke’s tried to make it seem like he and Locke were intentionally fixing games. This was all during the early part of Locke’s career in 2012, when his results were pretty horrible. In short, the handicapper was accurately guessing that Locke would have a bad outing, or would lose a good outing the second time through the lineup.

There’s no way to do the story justice, other than to just read it. However, I’ll add a few summary points, just because the story is written in a way where you think Locke might have actually played a part in this. Only at the end of this long article do they actually clarify that Locke never knew about this at all. That’s not the best approach to take on a subject like this, especially when most people start skimming the article after the beginning, and could possibly miss that key part. Thus, I felt I should point out that Locke was not actually throwing games, in case you were confused by that.

**The handicapper, Kris Barr, tried contacting Locke over Facebook in 2011. His brother, Don, also tried contacting Locke, who eventually responded saying that the two only wanted to be Locke’s friend because he played for the Pirates. This started a grudge where Kris vowed to bet against Locke every time.

**Locke was in the majors in 2011 and 2012 at the end of each season. He was pretty bad in those stretches, and the Pirates were also bad. Since there was no interest in Pirates games, Barr decided to start telling people that he and Locke were conspiring to fix games.

**Eventually, people started believing this might be true, especially after Barr was accurately predicting that Locke would blow up in the fifth inning of a September 16th game against the Cubs in 2012.

**There was an investigation, which seemed to be run by the real life Jack Bauer, with no regard for the law, and it turned up that this was all a hoax that Locke had no part of.

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Tyler Glasnow Named FSL Pitcher of the Week http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/tyler-glasnow-named-fsl-pitcher-of-the-week.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/tyler-glasnow-named-fsl-pitcher-of-the-week.html#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:53:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=85987 Bradenton Marauders starter Tyler Glasnow has been named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending on August 10th. He made just one start, but it was a great one. On Thursday, he threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits, two walks and he recorded 11 strikeouts.

On the season, Glasnow has a 1.53 ERA over 100 innings, with 122 strikeouts, a .171 BAA and a 1.09 WHIP. He leads the FSL in ERA, ranks second in strikeouts and fourth in WHIP. Glasnow has thrown shutout ball in nine of his 19 outings this season.

Earlier in the day, two other Pittsburgh Pirates players took home weekly awards. Austin Meadows was the SAL Player of the Week and Buddy Borden was named the Pitcher of the Week.

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Austin Meadows and Buddy Borden Take Home Weekly Awards http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/austin-meadows-and-buddy-borden-take-home-weekly-awards.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/austin-meadows-and-buddy-borden-take-home-weekly-awards.html#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:13:57 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=85970 The South Atlantic League named two Pittsburgh Pirates players as their weekly award winners, with Austin Meadows taking the top player award and Buddy Borden getting named as the top pitcher for the week ending on August 10th. It’s the first time that two West Virginia Power players have won the awards in the same week since they became a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate five years ago.

Meadows hit .480 with four doubles and two homers this week. Since joining West Virginia last month, Meadows is hitting .351/.390/.489 in 23 games. He missed the beginning of the year with hamstring issues and he has also played seven rehab games, split between the GCL Pirates and Bristol.

Borden made two starts this week and was outstanding in both, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks in 13 innings. He struck out ten batters in his last outing, his career high. On the season, he has a 3.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 114 innings.

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The Pirates Made a Better Offer For David Price http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/the-pirates-made-a-better-offer-for-david-price.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/the-pirates-made-a-better-offer-for-david-price.html#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:57:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=85072 Cork Gaines at Rays Index (via Charlie at Bucs Dugout) writes that Peter Gammons said on MLB Network that most people felt the Pittsburgh Pirates offer for David Price was greater than what the Rays received in terms of talent. The quote that Gaines relays is as follows.

“Most people thought the Pirates offer, which was all about prospects and minor leaguers, might have been greater in terms of talent and that the Pirates were much closer to getting Price than we realize. But the way that the Rays look at it in Franklin and in Smyly, they get two current Major League players who are under control for a long time [and] cost efficient. They can step right in and play for [the Rays]. The kid shortstop is a tremendous talent and two years from now may be a really good player. So, in the end, having two Major League players come in the deal rather than four prospects, probably is a better deal than anything they could have gotten anywhere else.”

It seems that the Rays wanted a very specific return. They wanted players who could help them now, but also help them in the future. They weren’t looking for a total return of prospects, which is what the Pirates had to offer. They did receive one prospect in the deal, getting breakout shortstop prospect Willy Adames. From what I’ve read, the Rays really like his upside. Other than that, it’s hard to see the Pirates putting together a similar package of players without taking a big step back at a position or two in the majors in the process.

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