Pittsburgh Pirates Have Six Top 100 Prospects
Jan23

Pittsburgh Pirates Have Six Top 100 Prospects

After going through the top ten by positions, MLB.com released their top 100 list Thursday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates had six players in the top 100, led by Gregory Polanco, who finished 13th overall. They had four players among the top 50 prospects. Polanco was ranked third among all outfielders earlier this week. He jumped well up the charts this year after ranking 65th overall last year. Jameson Taillon was second among...

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Gregory Polanco and Austin Meadows Among Top Ten Outfield Prospects
Jan22

Gregory Polanco and Austin Meadows Among Top Ten Outfield Prospects

On Wednesday morning, MLB.com came out with their list of the top ten outfield prospects and Gregory Polanco ranked third overall, while Austin Meadows was ninth on the list. It was the only position that the Pirates had more than one player make the MLB top ten list. During the regular season, Polanco split the year between Bradenton and Altoona, ending up with Indianapolis for the final two regular season games and the playoffs. He...

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First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp
Jan08

First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp

Today was the second day of mini-camp, and it was pretty much identical to day one. If you’ve ever been to minor league Spring Training over at Pirate City, then you’d know the routines. The entire team does their warm up exercises. Then the pitchers do their throwing programs on one field, while the fielders play catch on another field. The position players take fielding drills, and some take batting practice. The...

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First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success
Jan07

First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success

For a few moments today, it felt like Spring Training. I was up at 5:30, got to the field at 7:30, and my phone was back on the charger shortly after 11 AM. Of course, it’s not Spring Training. It’s mini-camp, or more accurately it’s “voluntary workouts”, since “mini-camp” is restricted in the new CBA. Also, it’s definitely not Spring Training since it’s supposed to be 35 degrees...

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Pirates Had the Strongest 2013 Draft, According to Jim Callis
Dec17

Pirates Had the Strongest 2013 Draft, According to Jim Callis

Jim Callis of MLB.com reviewed the 2013 draft today, and picked the Pittsburgh Pirates as the team with the best draft in the majors. This is the second time that the Pirates have gotten a grade for the best 2013 draft. Previously, Baseball America graded their draft number one. I can’t recall if that was before or after Callis went from BA to MLB.com. Callis gives the disclaimer that it takes at least five years to really know...

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