Gerrit Cole to the AFL

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole will be pitching in the Arizona Fall League this off-season.  As I noted the other day, Cole was a strong candidate to attend the AFL.  He was listed as attending on the instructional league rosters, but no official announcement had been made. Cole signed at the deadline, while his UCLA teammate, Trevor Bauer, signed earlier in the process and pitched 25.2...

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The Odds of a Super Rotation in Pittsburgh

In the last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added four pitchers with top of the rotation stuff.  On August 16th, 2010, they signed their top two picks from the 2010 draft, adding Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie to the mix.  A few days later, they signed top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  Two days ago, the Pirates signed the first overall pick from the 2011 draft, Gerrit Cole, giving them yet another player who has the...

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Who Wants To Be A $1.2 Millionaire?

Cole and Bell are set for life even if they never make the major leagues, but what about someone like Clay Holmes, the Pirates’ 9th round pick that signed for $1.2M?

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After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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Do the Pirates Have a Top Farm System?

With the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell last night, the question has to be asked: where does the farm system rank in all of baseball?  I follow prospects throughout the game, and I see plenty of them when I’m on the road, but I can’t say I follow other systems enough to get a feel for how the Pirates stack up against the rest of the league.  However, you don’t have to follow other systems to...

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