Prospect Notebook: Clay Holmes Pro Debut, No Bunts For Barnes

The Pittsburgh Pirates gave Clay Holmes a $1.2 M signing bonus to break his commitment to Auburn last year. The bonus was a record for a ninth round pick, and is tied for the biggest bonus in Pirates’ history outside of the third round. The right-handed pitcher signed close to the deadline, which prevented him from making his debut until tonight. He certainly didn’t disappoint.¬†Holmes threw five shutout innings, giving up...

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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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Pirates Draft Barrett Barnes in the Comp Round

With the 45th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder Barrett Barnes. The Texas Tech outfielder has plus power from the right handed side of the plate, and has the possibility to stick in center field. If he moves to a corner it would be left field, due to a lack of arm strength. Barnes is a pull hitter, so PNC Park might eventually diminish his power if he makes it to the majors. Barnes hit for a...

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