2014 Bristol Pirates Season Preview
Jun19

2014 Bristol Pirates Season Preview

Over the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates added a new short-season team, joining the Appalachian League with the franchise in Bristol. The Appalachian League uses the MLB team names, and thus, the Bristol Pirates were born. The Pirates will only have one DSL team this year, rather than two in previous years. Because of this, they have essentially moved their second international team to the US. This can be shown by the large number...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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Baseball America Releases Pirates Draft Report Card
Oct22

Baseball America Releases Pirates Draft Report Card

Last week Baseball America released their draft ratings, and graded the Pirates 2013 draft as the best in baseball. Yesterday they released their Pirates draft report card, looking at the best players from this specific draft. I’ll let you check out the link above for the individual reports. Below is the rundown of each player, with some thoughts below. Best Pure Hitter: Austin Meadows (1st round) Best Power Hitter: JaCoby Jones...

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Pirates Graded With the Best 2013 Draft by Baseball America
Oct16

Pirates Graded With the Best 2013 Draft by Baseball America

Baseball America released their 2013 draft grades, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the list as having the best draft this year. These grades are extremely preliminary, as they only involve half a season of results, and ultimately a draft is graded based on how many major leaguers it produces. But for now it’s good to see the Pirates off to a hot start. Austin Meadows, taken ninth overall by the Pirates, was named the third...

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Top Performers: Glasnow’s Outing One of the Most Dominant of the Year
Aug26

Top Performers: Glasnow’s Outing One of the Most Dominant of the Year

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The top five short season pitchers are also highlighted in a separate group, since most of those guys only go 4-5 innings max, and don’t have a good chance of being highlighted in the top ten. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a...

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