Pirates Prospects » News and Rumors http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:32:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Organizational Probable Pitching Chart http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/the-2014-pittsburgh-pirates-organizational-probable-pitching-chart.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/the-2014-pittsburgh-pirates-organizational-probable-pitching-chart.html#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:41:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75545 When does (Insert Pitcher Here) start? Who starts on (Insert Day Here)? I get those questions throughout the season from people who are planning on going to games, or who have tickets to a game that is a few weeks away. Last year I decided to create a resource to project the probable starters at each level through the end of the month to help answer those questions. The resource got a good response, which is why we’ve brought it back this year.

The Organizational Probable Pitching Chart, which can be found at that link, lists the announced starters for each team, as well as the projected starters through the rest of the current month. The future projections aren’t going to be perfect. One rain out pushes everyone back a day. An injury could shake up the rotation or add a new starter. Any given team could skip a starter. The goal of this chart is to provide a long-term preview of who could be starting on any given day.

Going to an Altoona game at the end of the month? Thinking about catching one of the affiliates when they’re on the road in your town? The chart will give you the projection. Want to see which Indianapolis pitchers match up against pitchers in the major league rotation? You’ll be able to track that too. The chart will be updated on a daily basis. Be sure to bookmark it, and use it as a reference to see which pitcher will be throwing on the day you’ve got tickets.

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West Virginia Power Release Opening Day Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/west-virginia-power-release-opening-day-roster.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/west-virginia-power-release-opening-day-roster.html#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:28:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75382 The West Virginia Power released their 2014 Opening Day roster on Wednesday morning. They will eventually have four of the Pittsburgh Pirates top ten prospects in Austin Meadows, Reese McGuire, Harold Ramirez and Luis Heredia. Meadows will begin the season in Extended Spring Training due to hamstring issues. Left-handed pitchers are marked with an asterisk. The 2014 minor league season opens on Thursday. You can find the rosters at the bottom of the page for the other three full season teams in the Pirates organization.

Pitchers

Jonathan Barrios

Buddy Borden

Shane Carle

Cody Dickson*

Felipe Gonzalez

Luis Heredia

Henry Hirsch

Will Kendall*

Jerry Mulderig

Dovydas Neverauskas

Clario Perez

Isaac Sanchez

Justin Topa

Catchers

Francisco Diaz

Reese McGuire

Infielders

Danny Collins

Chris Diaz

Edwin Espinal

Mike Fransoso

JaCoby Jones

Wyatt Mathisen

Erich Weiss

Outfielders

Barrett Barnes

Candon Myles

Harold Ramirez

Other Full Season Rosters

Indianapolis Indians

Altoona Curve

Bradenton Marauders

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Indianapolis Indians Opening Day Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/indianapolis-indians-opening-day-roster.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/indianapolis-indians-opening-day-roster.html#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:14:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75375 The Indianapolis Indians released their 2014 Opening Day roster on Tuesday. The top prospect at Indianapolis is Gregory Polanco, who is the #1 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. Jameson Taillon will eventually join the Indianapolis roster, but he is currently out with elbow discomfort and seeking a second opinion. Left-handed pitchers are marked with an asterisk. A full preview of the Indianapolis Indians will be posted later this week. The Bradenton Marauders released their roster yesterday and Altoona posted their roster on Saturday. The minor league season begins on Thursday.

Pitchers

Jacob Brigham

Brandon Cumpton

Jared Hughes

Phil Irwin

Jay Jackson

Josh Kinney

Andy Oliver*

Casey Sadler

Daniel Schlereth*

Zack Thornton

Duke Welker

Adam Wilk*

Catchers

Nevin Ashley

Carlos Paulino

Infielders

Robert Andino

Chase d’Arnaud

Matt Hague

Andrew Lambo

Michael Martinez

Chris McGuiness

Brent Morel

Outfielders

Jaff Decker

Chris Dickerson

Gregory Polanco

Adalberto Santos

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Bradenton Marauders Announce Opening Day Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/bradenton-marauders-announce-opening-day-roster.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/bradenton-marauders-announce-opening-day-roster.html#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:59:11 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75258 The Bradenton Marauders have announced their 2014 Opening Day roster. Among the top prospects to begin the season with the team are right fielder Josh Bell and catcher Jin-De Jhang. Pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who ranks third among prospects in the system, should join the team in 2-3 weeks once he recovers from a minor back injury that occurred during Spring Training. Clay Holmes was scheduled to make the team, but he will miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. The entire roster is below with left-handed pitchers marked with an asterisk. We will have a complete team preview of the Marauders later this week. On Saturday, the Altoona Curve released their roster.

Pitchers

Orlando Castro*

Jason Creasy

Ryan Hafner

Thomas Harlan*

Chad Kuhl

John Kuchno

Pat Ludwig

Jhondaniel Medina

Robby Rowland

Josh Smith*

Bryton Trepagnier

Tyler Waldron

Catchers

Jin-De Jhang

Jacob Stallings

Infielders

D.J. Crumlich

Adam Frazier

Walker Gourley

Max Moroff

Jose Osuna

Ashley Ponce

Jordan Steranka

Outfielders

Josh Bell

Raul Fortunato

Jeff Roy

Jonathan Schwind

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Altoona Curve Release Opening Day Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/altoona-curve-release-opening-day-roster.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/altoona-curve-release-opening-day-roster.html#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:56:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75141 The Altoona Curve have released their Opening Day 25 man roster. The top prospects on the roster are Alen Hanson, Nick Kingham and Joely Rodriguez, who were all among the top 15 prospects in our 2014 Prospect Guide. We had mentioned that Stetson Allie will begin his season there, but for now, he is being held back in Extended Spring Training due to an oblique injury. Below, you will find the complete roster. Left-handed pitchers are marked with an asterisk. We will have a complete season preview of the Curve on Tuesday.

Pitchers

Ryan Beckman

Matt Benedict

Emmanuel de Leon

Zack Dodson*

Kenn Kasparek

Nick Kingham

Joan Montero

A.J. Morris

Jhonathan Ramos*

Joely Rodriguez*

Tyler Sample

Adrian Sampson

Catchers

Elias Diaz

Ralph Henriquez

Infielders

Kelson Brown

Jarek Cunningham

Alen Hanson

Justin Howard

Drew Maggi

Gift Ngoepe

Andy Vasquez

Outfielders

Keon Broxton

Willy Garcia

Mel Rojas Jr.

Junior Sosa

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Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland Will Present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle With Awards http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/barry-bonds-and-jim-leyland-will-present-andrew-mccutchen-and-clint-hurdle-with-awards.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/barry-bonds-and-jim-leyland-will-present-andrew-mccutchen-and-clint-hurdle-with-awards.html#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:04:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75057 The Pittsburgh Pirates just sent out a press release with all of Monday’s Opening Day festivities. The biggest highlight was that Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland will be on hand to present awards to Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle.

Bonds (1990 and 1992 NL MVP with the Pirates) will join Dick Groat (1960 NL MVP) to present McCutchen with his 2013 NL MVP award. McCutchen’s mother, Petrina McCutchen, will be signing the National Anthem. She last sang the National Anthem before the Wild Card game against the Reds.

Leyland (1990 and 1992 NL Manager of the Year with the Pirates) will present Hurdle with his 2013 NL Manager of the Year award.

The Pirates will also have Jack Wilson on hand to present the 2013 NL Silver Slugger awards to McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez. Wilson won a Silver Slugger in 2004 with the Pirates.

Francisco Liriano will also be recognized as the NL Comeback Player of the Year.

The Pirates will also have a moment of silence for members of the organization who have passed away in recent months. That includes Pirates alumni Ralph Kiner, Johnny Logan, Eddie O’Brien and Preston Ward along with Pirates minor leaguer Evan Chambers and long-time Pirates beat writer Charlie Feeney. Ralph Kiner’s son, Scott, will throw out the first pitch.

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Wei-Chung Wang Makes the Brewers’ Opening Day Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/wei-chung-wang-looks-to-have-opening-day-spot.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/wei-chung-wang-looks-to-have-opening-day-spot.html#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:24:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=74851 It appears that the Milwaukee Brewers will go with left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang on their Opening Day roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost Wang in the Rule 5 draft in the Winter and at least for now, he seems to have overcome the long odds of a player jumping from the Gulf Coast League directly to the majors.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Brewers informed Zach Duke that he made the Opening Day roster and they also sent out pitcher Rob Wooten, which got their bullpen down to the minimum. That means that Milwaukee will go with three lefties in the bullpen on Opening Day and within a couple weeks, Tom Gorzelanny will return, leaving them with another decision to make.

For now though, barring any late Spring Training pickup, it looks like the 21-year-old lefty from the Pirates will remain with the Brewers. The Pirates and Brewers meet for the first time on April 10th for a three game weekend series in Milwaukee.

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Update On Wei-Chung Wang and His Chance To Make Brewers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/update-on-wei-chung-wang-and-his-chance-to-make-brewers.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/update-on-wei-chung-wang-and-his-chance-to-make-brewers.html#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:14:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=74802 In December, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang in the Rule V draft to the Milwaukee Brewers. At the time, it seemed unlikely he would stick. He had one season of minor league experience and that was in the Gulf Coast League. Wang needed Tommy John surgery and the Pirates realized that after he signed, voided his contract and resigned him to a second deal. When they did that, it meant that Wang would be eligible for the Rule V draft after just one season.

No decision has been made on Wei-Chung Wang yet.

No decision has been made on Wei-Chung Wang yet.

Wang has made it to the end of the Brewers camp and two former Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers might be the reason he doesn’t stick with the Brewers. We might know by Tuesday at noon whether Wang will stick with the Brewers for Opening Day. Zach Duke has pitched well during Spring Training and he has an option in his contract that calls for him to be told whether he makes the team by noon on Tuesday.

Duke has options if he doesn’t make the team. He can ask for his release, or he can accept a minor league assignment, which has an opt out clause on June 1st if he isn’t in the majors by then. The one thing attached to the latter, is that they have to give him a $100,000 bonus to send him to the minors. If they decided to do that and keep Wang, then it actually costs them $125,000, because they will lose all $50,000 it costs for a Rule V draft pick. If they put Wang on waivers(and another team picks him up) or they return him to the Pirates, then the Brewers get half of the Rule V cost back.

Keeping Duke and Wang would give them three lefties in the bullpen, to go along with Will Smith, who the Brewers traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to get in December. Right now the Brewers have four guys battling for the last three spots, with right-handers Tyler Thornburg and Rob Wooten competing for spots as well.

The other former Pirates pitcher that might factor into the Brewers decision is Tom Gorzelanny, who had shoulder surgery and isn’t due back for a couple weeks. When Gorzelanny comes back from the disabled list, he will take one of the lefty spots in the bullpen. He is signed for $2,950,000 this year and pitched well as a reliever/starter for the Brewers last year, so his spot is safe once he returns.

The Brewers have an interesting decision if they want to keep the 21-year-old Wei-Chung Wang, who has pitched well in Spring Training this year, not allowing any runs until his last game. Wang went 2.2 innings on Thursday, allowing three runs on five hits. He has not walked a batter in 11 innings. Besides keeping him and putting him on waivers, the Brewers could also work out a trade with the Pirates to keep Wang. There are still a lot of options, but we should have a better idea of what is going on very soon.

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Pirates Tried to Extend Starling Marte Through the 2020 Season http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-tried-to-extend-starling-marte-through-the-2020-season.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-tried-to-extend-starling-marte-through-the-2020-season.html#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:23:09 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=74791 Over the weekend we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates tried to extend outfielder Starling Marte, but that Marte has turned down two extension attempts. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the Pirates tried to extend Marte for six years, which would start after his one year deal in 2014. That extension would put Marte under team control through the 2020 season.

The extension would have covered Marte’s final league minimum year, his three arbitration years, and his first two years of free agency. That’s the same time frame as Andrew McCutchen’s extension, although McCutchen signed his deal heading into his final league minimum year. Heyman didn’t report any financial details for the six-year offer.

Currently the Pirates have McCutchen and Marte both under team control through the 2018 season. Gregory Polanco is expected to arrive and join those two this summer, and would be under team control through the 2020 season.

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Pirates Possibly Looking At Didi Gregorius http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-possibly-looking-at-didi-gregorius.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-possibly-looking-at-didi-gregorius.html#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:16:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=74784 According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had trade discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks for shortstop Didi Gregorius. There were no details from Morosi on what the Diamondbacks could be looking for as a possible return, though they do need starting pitching.

Gregorius is a 24-year-old, who hit .252/.332/.373 in 103 games last year, his first full season in the majors.  Gregorius also played briefly for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012. He has never hit much in the minors, although he was always young for the level he was at. Prior to the 2013 season, Baseball America rated him at the 80th best prospect in the baseball, while MLB.com had him ranked 63rd.

He posted an 0.3 WAR on defense last year and Baseball America twice named him the best defensive infielder in his organization and in 2012, he was the best in the Southern League. Gregorius has a very strong arm to go along with his solid glove. Since coming to pro ball in 2008, Gregorius had played almost exclusively at shortstop, including every game he has played in the majors. He has played four games at second base, the only other position he has played.

Gregorius lost out the starting shortstop job to Chris Owings and according to at least one source, the Diamondbacks are looking for a major league ready starter to take the place of Patrick Corbin, who may miss the entire 2014 season with an arm injury. The Pirates have pitching depth at starter, but they also know that last year that depth came in handy. It’s possible that with the need to move one reliever before Opening Day, that someone like Jeanmar Gomez or Stolmy Pimentel could be used as a trade chip. Both pitchers have been stretched out during Spring Training.

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