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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Pirates Have Three in Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 50
Jul08

Pirates Have Three in Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 50

Baseball America released their mid-season top 50 prospects, and the Pirates had three players on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Alen Hanson were those three players, ranked in that order. Taillon was the 11th best prospect in the league. Their caption said that Taillon isn’t far behind Cole as far as arriving to the majors. My guess is that Taillon will be up in the middle of June 2014. Polanco was the 13th...

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First Pitch: How Are Last Month’s Promoted Prospects Doing at New Levels?
Jul07

First Pitch: How Are Last Month’s Promoted Prospects Doing at New Levels?

About a month ago the Pirates made a ton of promotions throughout the minor league system. The promotions saw several prospects moving up in the system, plus the 2013 debut of Luis Heredia in West Virginia. With about a month in the books for all of these moves, now would be a good time to get some first impressions. None of these guys have accumulated enough playing time to the point where their stats say a lot about their potential....

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The Upcoming Rule 5 and Minor League Free Agency Eligible Players
Jul06

The Upcoming Rule 5 and Minor League Free Agency Eligible Players

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions wondering who is Rule 5 eligible in the upcoming year. In the past that question would be asked with the focus on building for the future. This year the questions have been geared more towards trading from the Rule 5 eligible players at the deadline in order to add to the major league team. The idea is that the Pirates will have a lot of players to protect since they’ve got a...

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