Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler Is a Sleeper Pitching Prospect

Casey Sadler’s progression in pro ball so far has matched his progression on the mound in college. In college, he began his career in the bullpen, then later moved to the rotation full time. Sadler was moved back to the bullpen once he turned pro, and has stayed there until this season. “It was a little frustrating at first, because everyone wants to be a starter,” Sadler said. The right-hander made one start in...

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Prospect Watch: Big Night from Alex Dickerson

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.85) –  DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) –  DNP 3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.318) - DNP 4. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) – Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it’s time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season. I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the...

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Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching by Strickland, Von Rosenberg

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.53) – DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) – DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.270) – 0-for-5, 2 K 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) – Extended Spring Training 6....

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Prospect Watch: Big Night for Alex Dickerson

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.53) – DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) – DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.277) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB, RBI 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) -...

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