Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #14 – Cody Dickson
Jan20

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #14 – Cody Dickson

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: 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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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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2014 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep25

2014 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The West Virginia Power have featured a lot of breakout players over the last few years. In 2012 it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. Last year it was Tyler Glasnow emerging as a top prospect. This time around they were expected to see a lot of breakout candidates. However, injuries prevented that from happening on a grand scale, limiting the seasons of Austin Meadows, Harold Ramirez, and others. They still had breakout players,...

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Cody Dickson’s Turnaround in 2014 Due to a Common Pirates’ Minor League Focus
Sep10

Cody Dickson’s Turnaround in 2014 Due to a Common Pirates’ Minor League Focus

On the surface, 22-year-old left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson had a below average season in his first full year in Low A West Virginia. In 129 1/3 innings pitched, Dickson had a 3.90 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP, to go along with 58 walks and 108 strikeouts. But Dickson is another case in the Pirates system of a pitcher who struggled in the first half of season, only to see big improvements in the second half. In the first 3 months of the year,...

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