Pirates Have Three in Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 50
Jul08

Pirates Have Three in Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 50

Baseball America released their mid-season top 50 prospects, and the Pirates had three players on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Alen Hanson were those three players, ranked in that order. Taillon was the 11th best prospect in the league. Their caption said that Taillon isn’t far behind Cole as far as arriving to the majors. My guess is that Taillon will be up in the middle of June 2014. Polanco was the 13th...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL
Jul04

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL

Catching up on all of the minor league transactions from the last few days. **Jerry Sands and Matt Curry are both on rehab assignments with the GCL Pirates. **Eric Avila has been released by the Pirates. The third baseman was hitting for a .234/.259/.414 line in 111 at-bats this year. He was doing well in the month of June, with a .339/.383/.554 line in 56 at-bats. However, he was mostly crushing lefties, with a .548 OPS against...

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Andrew Lambo is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For June
Jul02

Andrew Lambo is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For June

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month.¬†Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of May. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not...

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First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?
Jun27

First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?

I was on ESPN 970 this afternoon with David Todd, discussing our top ten prospects, and a few other topics in the minor league system. You can listen to the segment here. Towards the end, David asked me if it seemed like something was different this year in the minor league system. The Pirates have started to get a lot of attention this year for the quality of their farm system. Nearly every outlet that grades prospects has the...

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Taillon, Polanco, and Glasnow Make Baseball Prospectus Top 50
Jun25

Taillon, Polanco, and Glasnow Make Baseball Prospectus Top 50

Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus has released his mid-season top 50 prospects list, and has three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects listed. The three players are Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Tyler Glasnow. Taillon is the highest ranked, coming in at number ten overall. Polanco wasn’t far behind him, ranked at number 12. Parks included a “Prospect Trajectory”, giving an idea of where each guy could move when the...

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