After The Trade Deadline: Updated Top 20 Prospects

A lot has changed since we last updated the top 20 prospects rankings after the draft. Mark Appel didn’t sign. Starling Marte was promoted, and will most likely lose his prospect eligibility by the end of the year. The Pirates traded Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain. The short-season leagues started, giving us a look at what the younger prospects were working on in extended Spring Training. And some of those results...

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Slip in Baseball Prospectus Top 50

Baseball Prospectus has released their mid-season top 50 prospects today, and three Pirates prospects made the list. Two of those prospects took a fall from their pre-season rankings, while one made a jump forward. Gerrit Cole was the first prospect listed, coming in at number 12. That’s down from his pre-season ranking of number nine, which is a bigger drop when you consider all of the players who were at the top in the...

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Gerrit Cole Has Lots of Weapons, But Which One Will He Focus On?

If you look at Gerrit Cole’s numbers since being promoted to Double-A Altoona in June, you’d likely be disappointed from the Pittsburgh Pirates No.1 overall pick in last years draft. Heading in to his start last night, he sported a 4.85 ERA over six starts and a .290 opposing batting average against. His outing last night was much better, with six strikeouts in six shutout innings. If you dig a little deeper, Cole...

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Gerrit Cole Pitches Six Shutout Innings

On a night when I got to see Gerrit Cole pitch for the first time in person, the Pirates top prospect did not disappoint. Cole threw six shutout innings tonight against the Trenton Thunder, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out six batters. It was, off the top of my head, the most impressive outing I’ve seen in person from a Pirates pitcher. In the first inning, Cole set the side down in order, picking up a...

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Minor League Schedule: 7/31/12

Altoona had off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight in Trenton with top prospect Gerrit Cole on the mound. State College is off today. Indianapolis is in first place in their division with a nine game lead over second place Columbus. They have 33 games left in their season. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (68-43) vs Buffalo (53-57) 7:05pm Probable starter: Chris Leroux (1-0 2.70)...

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