First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players
Nov20

First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players

Today is the day for teams to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Teams have until midnight to add players to the 40-man roster, or risk those players being exposed in the draft this December. The first time eligible players this year are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft.  The Pirates currently have four open spots on the 40-man roster. They could clear more spots if needed....

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Winter Leagues: Sands Homers, Navarro Added to Roster
Nov19

Winter Leagues: Sands Homers, Navarro Added to Roster

In the Dominican on Monday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI. He picked up the RBI on a 6th inning ground out with his team down 6-0 at the time. They came back to tie the score, but lost 7-6 in 11 innings. Polanco has now reached base in 22 of 23 games. Earlier in the day, Baseball America named Polanco their top prospect in the Pirates farm system. On the other side of that 7-6 game, Oscar Tejeda and...

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2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects
Nov18

2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Baseball America released their 2014 top ten prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates today. The write-up and the top tools can be seen here. The scouting reports for subscribers can be found here. Below are the rankings, along with some thoughts. 1. Gregory Polanco 2. Jameson Taillon 3. Tyler Glasnow 4. Austin Meadows 5. Nick Kingham 6. Alen Hanson 7. Josh Bell 8. Reese McGuire 9. Harold Ramirez 10. Luis Heredia Ben Badler describes the...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Come Up Big in Win
Nov18

Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Come Up Big in Win

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored. He has reached base 43 times this year, picking up at least one hit or walk in 21 of his 22 games. Matt Hague went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in his team’s 3-0 loss. He is hitting .313 in 17 games. Oscar Tejeda hit a pinch-hit double and scored a run in the eighth inning of his team’s 13-11 loss. Tejeda stayed in the game and played left...

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Winter Leagues:  Two RBIs For Matt Hague in 6-4 Victory
Nov17

Winter Leagues: Two RBIs For Matt Hague in 6-4 Victory

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Polanco picked up his 20th RBI on a ground out to second base in the first inning. His two walks gives him a total of 17 base on balls in 21 games. Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. He is hitting .311 in 16 games with ten RBIs. Hague has had two hits in three of his last five games. In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went...

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