Prospect Notebook: Looking at a Few 2013 Breakout Candidates

In 2012 the Pittsburgh Pirates featured two of the biggest breakout players in all of minor league baseball. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both had huge seasons, propelling each hitter onto national top 100 lists. During Spring Training last year, I identified Hanson and Polanco as breakout candidates, after watching them for a few weeks. Polanco was crushing the ball every time I watched him, while Hanson was picking up a lot of...

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First Pitch: The FanGraphs Reports, and Luis Urena as a Sleeper

Over the last month, Kiley McDaniel has been posting some great reports over at FanGraphs. I’ve been retweeting them on Twitter, but keep forgetting to link to them in the nightly First Pitch column. So here are links to all three reports, with some thoughts on each one. Gerrit Cole The first report was specific to top prospect Gerrit Cole. Overall it was a great look at Cole. A few notes: **McDaniel feels that Cole should scrap...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #11 – Clay Holmes

The Pirates Prospects 2013 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features over 250 prospect reports, the 2013 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 the countdown so...

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Baseball America’s 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Baseball America has released their top 10 prospects for the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.  The list can be viewed here, and subscribers can read the scouting reports here. For the second year in a row, Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon rank first and second on the list, respectively. Luis Heredia came in third, followed by Gregory Polanco at fourth and Alen Hanson at fifth. Josh Bell followed at sixth. We’ve got the same players in...

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Pirates Have Three in NYPL Top 20 Prospects List

Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates placed four prospects in the top 20 of Baseball America’s 2012 Gulf Coast League list. This week their lower level prospects received more recognition from Baseball America, placing three prospects on the 2012 New York Penn League top 20 list. The list can be seen here, and scouting reports can be read here for subscribers. Luis Heredia was the number two prospect in the league, falling behind...

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