Prospect Reports: Adrian Sampson Searching for Consistency
May20

Prospect Reports: Adrian Sampson Searching for Consistency

Bringing up the name Adrian Sampson won’t ring many bells across the baseball world. Most fans, including some that follow the Pirates, likely have never heard of the 2012 5th round pick. He didn’t receive an excessive signing bonus when drafted, and he wasn’t particularly effective in 140 innings in High-A last year. That all seems like it is about to change for the young Pirates right-hander. The only ranking Sampson received from a...

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Minor League Schedule: Buddy Borden and Orlando Castro Try to Build on Great Outings
May19

Minor League Schedule: Buddy Borden and Orlando Castro Try to Build on Great Outings

Today’s Starters: Brandon Cumpton, Adrian Sampson, Orlando Castro, Buddy Borden

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Top 10 Pitchers: Edinson Volquez Has Several Indianapolis Starters Gunning For His Spot
May19

Top 10 Pitchers: Edinson Volquez Has Several Indianapolis Starters Gunning For His Spot

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Minor League Schedule: Strong Start to Season For Buddy Borden
May14

Minor League Schedule: Strong Start to Season For Buddy Borden

Today’s Starters: Adam Wilk, Adrian Sampson, Jason Creasy, Orlando Castro, Buddy Borden

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First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?
May14

First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had more than their fair share of breakout prospects. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson stepped up in West Virginia in 2012. Tyler Glasnow emerged in 2013 at the same level. Guys like Nick Kingham, Stetson Allie, and Joely Rodriguez also improved their stock. The one thing about Polanco, Hanson, and Glasnow is that they were not only breakout prospects on a local level, but they were...

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