First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players
Nov20

First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players

Today is the day for teams to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Teams have until midnight to add players to the 40-man roster, or risk those players being exposed in the draft this December. The first time eligible players this year are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft.  The Pirates currently have four open spots on the 40-man roster. They could clear more spots if needed....

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2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects
Nov18

2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Baseball America released their 2014 top ten prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates today. The write-up and the top tools can be seen here. The scouting reports for subscribers can be found here. Below are the rankings, along with some thoughts. 1. Gregory Polanco 2. Jameson Taillon 3. Tyler Glasnow 4. Austin Meadows 5. Nick Kingham 6. Alen Hanson 7. Josh Bell 8. Reese McGuire 9. Harold Ramirez 10. Luis Heredia Ben Badler describes the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Arizona Fall League Season Recap
Nov15

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Arizona Fall League Season Recap

The Arizona Fall League ended on Thursday with a 3-2 loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates players and their Scottsdale Scorpions team. The team finished the season with a 10-21 record, but there were some positive signs from the Pirates players assigned to the league. The Pirates sent a total of eight players to the AFL, the last coming when Phil Irwin replaced Jameson Taillon on the roster. They had three position players, Alen Hanson,...

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AFL: Hanson Drives In Run As Scottsdale Loses Season Finale
Nov14

AFL: Hanson Drives In Run As Scottsdale Loses Season Finale

On the last day of the Arizona Fall League regular season, the Scottsdale Scorpions dropped their seventh straight game, going down 3-2 to Salt River. They finished the season with a 10-21 record, worst in the AFL.  Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup on Thursday. Alen Hanson was in the lead-off spot, with Alex Dickerson hitting fifth and in right field, while Gift Ngoepe was at second base and batting eighth....

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AFL: Dickerson and Hanson Reach Base in Loss
Nov11

AFL: Dickerson and Hanson Reach Base in Loss

On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost 8-2 to Surprise. They have now lost four in a row and drop to 10-18 on the season.  Both Alen Hanson and Alex Dickerson were in the lineup for Scottsdale. Hanson was in his usual two spot at shortstop and Dickerson was moved down to the six hole, playing left field. Two other Pittsburgh Pirates players got into the game before it was over. In his first at...

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