Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects
Jul18

Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

Keith Law released his mid-season top 50 prospects list today, and has three Pittsburgh Pirates on the list. Law has Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Alen Hanson as top 50 guys, which has been about the same as every other list we’ve seen. Taillon comes in at number 13, up from his pre-season ranking of 20. Law notes that Taillon can be too easy to hit due to lack of life on his fastball. Polanco was ranked 17th, up from...

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Pirates Have Four Fangraphs Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects
Jul16

Pirates Have Four Fangraphs Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

Marc Hulet released the FanGraphs mid-season top 50 prospects today, and had four Pirates prospects on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Tyler Glasnow all made the list. Jameson Taillon was the highest rated prospect, coming in at number seven on the list. That’s a big higher than where he has been ranked by other outlets, which has usually been just outside of the top ten. The summary of Taillon...

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First Pitch: Gregory Polanco Should Be Untouchable
Jul15

First Pitch: Gregory Polanco Should Be Untouchable

I’m pretty sure I built the Gregory Polanco bandwagon. I was calling him a sleeper and one of the most promising international prospects on the Pirates┬áback at the start of the 2011 season. That’s one year before his big breakout in West Virginia. I called that breakout season in March 2012 after seeing Polanco in Spring Training for about two weeks. Fast forward past his breakout season and I put him on the cover of the...

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Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough
Jul14

Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough

The future for top Pirates hitting prospect Gregory Polanco has grown brighter and brighter for the last three years. The center fielder comes to the 2013 Futures Game as one of baseball’s most exciting minor-league outfielders. Showing up in New York City for All-Star Week represents a coming-out party for Polanco. He was neither a highly-touted draft choice nor a Dominican bonus baby, receiving just $75,000 from the Pittsburgh...

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Top Performers: Harold Ramirez Is on Fire; Reese McGuire Has Strong Debut
Jul08

Top Performers: Harold Ramirez Is on Fire; Reese McGuire Has Strong Debut

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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