Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers, Including Two Big Bonus Cuban Players
Mar22

Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers, Including Two Big Bonus Cuban Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released six minor league players, Pirates Prospects has learned. Included in that group are two Cuban players that each received large bonuses. Outfielder Carlos Mesa and pitchers Axel Diaz, Cesar Lopez, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro were all let go. Cesar Lopez signed for $600,000 in September of 2010. He was 19 years old at the time and was said to throw 94 MPH with a good sinker and...

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2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct25

2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The 2013 season was the first year for the Pirates in Jamestown, after ending their relationship with the State College Spikes over the 2012-13 off-season. Jamestown featured a lot of talented young players this year, although the makeup was a bit different from what State College was used to seeing. The pitchers were still young, but many of them were right out of college, rather than high school players from the previous...

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2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct23

2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second straight year, the West Virginia Power featured the biggest breakout prospects in the system. Last year it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson who broke out. This year it was Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie. Along with those two, West Virginia had one of the most talented groups of prospects in the system this year. That was fueled by a strong pitching staff with ten players who have hit 93 MPH or better, and four...

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Prospect Notebook: Clay Holmes Showing Steady Progression This Year
Aug14

Prospect Notebook: Clay Holmes Showing Steady Progression This Year

The West Virginia Power played a total of 12 games in Lakewood this year, so I got to see a little more of the team than usual. Early in the season, it was the power display by Stetson Allie and the pitching of Tyler Glasnow that impressed me the most. As the season went on, I noticed improvements each start from Clay Holmes and better hitting from Josh Bell, particularly in this last series for both of them. Yesterday I looked at the...

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West Virginia Loses Series Finale Despite Fine Outing By Kyle Haynes
Aug11

West Virginia Loses Series Finale Despite Fine Outing By Kyle Haynes

West Virginia came into Sunday’s game against the Lakewood BlueClaws with a 20-3 record in the season series. They also took the first three games of the current series and went with reliever-turned-starter, Kyle Haynes for the last game. Haynes had shut down Lakewood over four innings on August 1st and in his four starts coming into tonight, he had a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings, with 23 strikeouts. He pitched well tonight, going a...

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