Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Akron 5-1.  Rudy Owens pitched six innings, allowing a run on one hit, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Tom Boleska pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out two. Chase d’Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.  Andrew Lambo went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run.  Matt Hague went 2-for-5 with a run...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/30/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost to Syracuse 8-6.  Brad Lincoln pitched six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched 0.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits.  Derek Hankins pitched 0.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.  Corey Hamman pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out one. Jim Negrych went 2-for-3...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/13/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off for the International League All-Star break. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star break. BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+) Bradenton was off today. WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A) West Virginia was off today. STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season) State College lost 3-1 to Vermont.  Tyler Waldron got the start, allowing one run on four hits in five innings, with a walk...

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June Prospects Rundown: Rookie League Pirates

The Pirates have three rookie league teams: the Gulf Coast League Pirates, plus a team in the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer leagues.  Last year the VSL Pirates were one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pirates’ system, due to a lot of talented international players like Exicardo Cayonez and Jorge Bishop.  This year those players have moved up to the GCL, while a new crop of players have arrived in the...

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