Pirates Add Six Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they’ve added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman. Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don’t see any of the group making the majors out of Spring Training. Cole will start in Bradenton,...

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Taillon and Cole Named Top 10 Pitching Prospects

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has released his list of the top ten right handed pitching prospects in baseball, and two Pittsburgh Pirates made the list. Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole both ended up in the rankings, with Taillon finishing in third and Cole finishing sixth. The Pirates were one of two teams with two pitchers on the list. Arizona had Trevor Bauer (4th) and Archie Bradley (9th). Last year the Pirates only had Taillon on the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Top Prospects: #1 – Gerrit Cole

Today we wrap up the top 10 countdown with our number one prospect. If you’ve enjoyed the countdown and the reports on each player, you’ll also enjoy the 2012 Prospect Guide, which features similar reports on the remaining top 50 prospects, as well as over 250 prospect reports and a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system. You can purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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Pittsburgh Pirates AFL Pitch F/X Data

One of the benefits of the Arizona Fall League is that two of the six parks have Pitch F/X data, which allows us to get some accurate radar readings of how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are throwing.  This year we didn’t see everyone in a Pitch F/X park, with the big omission being top prospect Gerrit Cole.  That wasn’t a huge loss, since we were provided with a lot of radar readings from Cole throughout the year, with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

The Mesa Solar Sox finished their Arizona Fall League season yesterday. Robbie Grossman: .375/.472/.625, 7 HR, 104 at-bats Following his breakout season in the Florida State League in 2011, Grossman was impressive in the AFL.  He hit seven homers in 104 at-bats, after hitting 13 in 490 during the 2011 regular season.  Grossman broke his hamate bone at the end of the season, but still finished near the top of the leader boards in...

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