Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it’s time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season. I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the...

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Prospect Notebook: Four Promotion Candidates; Jeff Clement Finally Healthy

You don’t usually see a lot of promotions in the first two months of the season. So far this year we’ve seen a few relief pitchers promoted up a level, but none of the top prospects moving up through the system. In the past, a lot of the promotions start in June, not long after the short-season leagues begin. Looking over the rosters, here is one player from each team who should be a candidate for a promotion to the next...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/3/12

Gerrit Cole will get the start today for Bradenton. He was recently named to the Florida State League All-Star team along with Jameson Taillon. Both Bradenton and Altoona played doubleheaders yesterday. The Dominican Summer League schedule started yesterday, although both teams are off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (32-23) VS Syracuse (26-29) 1:15pm Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera...

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Named FSL All-Stars

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were named to the Florida State League mid-season All-Star team today. The game will take place in Port Charlotte, Florida on Saturday, June 16. Cole has a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings pitched this year, with a 50:15 K/BB ratio. He’s been on a hot streak lately, with a 1.32 ERA and a 27:9 K/BB ratio in 34 innings over his last six starts. That ERA ranks eighth in...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/29/12

Top prospect Gerrit Cole, gets his tenth career start today. He has allowed three or less earned runs in all nine starts he has made. Bradenton had off yesterday. They resume their schedule at home today for a three game series against Fort Myers. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (29-21) VS Durham (22-30) 7:05pm Probable starter: Rudy Owens (2-2 2.40) Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Durham...

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