What Should We Expect From Gerrit Cole?

Player comparisons can give fans a lot to dream on. One popular comparison for Pirates’ top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole has been Justin Verlander. It’s easy to understand because there are plenty of similarities. Cole is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, was the No. 1 overall draft pick with an $8 million bonus and became a Baseball America top 10 prospect with a fastball in the high-90s. Verlander is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, was the...

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Pirates Spent $5 M On International Bonuses in 2010

Today, Baseball America released the international spending figures from the 2010 season, as well as a look at the top 20 bonuses of all time.  The Pittsburgh Pirates finished fourth in the league in overall spending with $5.00 M spent on international bonuses in 2010.  Luis Heredia accounted for over half of that total, signing for $2.6 M.  However, the Pirates spent a combined $2.4 M on the other 30 players they signed. Heredia tied...

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Baseball America’s Top 150 Prospect Lists

Baseball America released their 2011 top 100 prospects a week ago, with three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects making the list.  Those players were Jameson Taillon, Tony Sanchez, and Stetson Allie.  Today, in the Ask BA segment, Jim Callis answered a question about the individual top 150 prospect lists which make up the overall top 100.  Callis didn’t release the individual lists, but he did list all of the prospects who were listed...

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Pirates Have Three in Baseball America Top 100

Baseball America released their top 100 prospects for the 2011 season today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have three prospects on the list.  To access the Baseball America rankings, go here. The top Pirates prospect, Jameson Taillon, came in at number 11 on the list.  Taillon is the highest rated Pirates’ pitching prospect on a Baseball America top 100 since Kris Benson rated seventh in 1998.  He is the second highest rated...

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A Tale of Projectability

We often hear about “projectability” with young pitchers.  The idea is that a tall, skinny kid will add velocity to his frame as he fills out and matures.  Often it seems that every tall, skinny kid has projectability.  However, not every player with projectability will end up throwing in the upper 90s.  It’s for that reason that top high school draft picks like Tim Alderson never see a velocity increase, while an...

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