The Other Tall, Hard-Throwing Pirates Pitcher Returning From Tommy John Surgery
Jan26

The Other Tall, Hard-Throwing Pirates Pitcher Returning From Tommy John Surgery

Jameson Taillon became the biggest profile Tommy John case for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, but another top pitching prospect also underwent the procedure. Clay Holmes went down a few weeks before Taillon, undergoing the surgery in mid-March. Holmes doesn’t have the same skills as Taillon, but he is a promising pitching prospect to follow, rating this year as the 17th best prospect in the system. Just like Taillon, Holmes has...

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First Pitch: Mid-Season Promotions to Altoona For Pitchers Could Be a Thing of the Past
Jan09

First Pitch: Mid-Season Promotions to Altoona For Pitchers Could Be a Thing of the Past

Today we continued the top 20 prospects countdown with our number 17 prospect, Clay Holmes. When Holmes returns from Tommy John surgery in 2015, he should go to Bradenton. That was where he was projected to start the year in 2014, prior to his injury in Spring Training. Heading into the off-season, it looked like the Pirates might have a shortage of rotation spots in High-A. Holmes is a guy who would have been guaranteed a spot, but...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #17 – Clay Holmes
Jan08

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #17 – Clay Holmes

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond
Dec16

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it out for the final spot. Beyond those six pitchers,...

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Morning Report: The Top Prospects That Didn’t Make the Cut
Sep29

Morning Report: The Top Prospects That Didn’t Make the Cut

Yesterday, we posted the GCL season recap and top ten list. That was the last of eight season recaps and top ten prospect lists, one for each affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. While all the players in the top ten aren’t prospects at each level, the lists give you almost 80 players to watch for next year. Nick Kingham, Shane Carle and Mel Rojas Jr. each made the lists for two teams, so that’s why it’s less than...

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