Pirates Send Five to the Arizona Fall League

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending five players to the Arizona Fall League this off-season. The five players selected this year are¬†Adalberto Santos, Gift Ngoepe, Matt Curry, Brandon Cumpton and Tyler Waldron. Santos has put up an impressive season, hitting for a .344/.433/.439 line in 212 at-bats with Altoona. The 2010 22nd round pick missed some time with an injury this year, but was hitting before the injury and didn’t...

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Pirates Have Several Prospects on Baseball America’s Best Tools List

Last week, Baseball America released their best tools list for players in full season leagues. The Pirates had a lot of players who ended up on the various lists, with top prospects Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon, Gerrit Cole, Alen Hanson, and Gregory Polanco taking honors in their respective leagues. Indianapolis Starling Marte was active on the list, being named the top hitting prospect in the International League. He was also...

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Bradenton Marauders Notebook: Strong Play From Gift

The Bradenton Marauders took their first game of the season tonight against the St. Lucie Mets, winning 3-2 in the 11th inning on a walk off hit by pitch by Stefan Welch. The Mets loaded the bases with one out to bring up Welch, who spent the last three years playing for St. Lucie. The first pitch thrown hit Welch in the leg, bringing home Gift Ngoepe from third for the win. STRONG ALL AROUND PLAY FROM GIFT Gift Ngoepe had a great...

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2012 Bradenton Marauders Season Preview

Yesterday I previewed the 2012 West Virginia Power. Today the season previews continue with a look at the 2012 Bradenton Marauders. The Marauders will open the year with the top two prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. They will also feature Colton Cain and Alex Dickerson, who both ranked as top 20 prospects in the Pirates Prospects 2012 rankings. Other top prospects to watch are Mel...

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Gifted and Talented

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed talent from some untraditional places over the last few years. They signed the first players out of India when they added Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. They’ve signed several guys out of Australia. They signed Alex Lukashevich out of Belarus. Dovydas Neverauskas is a pitcher who was signed out of Lithuania. Then there’s Gift Ngoepe, who was the first black player signed out of South...

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