Vincent Payne Video Recap

Vincent Payne was selected in the 12th round of the 2010 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of the JuCo ranks.  He signed quickly, and went to the Gulf Coast League, where he dominated with a 2.43 ERA in 37 innings, along with a 21:9 K/BB ratio.  At the end of the season he was moved up to State College, where he pitched 5 innings, with a 1.80 ERA and a 3:2 K/BB ratio.  This was all after Payne pitched 19 innings in the JuCo ranks,...

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Luis Heredia to Start in GCL

Dejan Kovacevic reports that top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia will start his career in the Gulf Coast League in 2011.  That’s a somewhat aggressive approach for the Pirates, having Heredia go to the States without any professional experience. The placement also raises the question as to when Heredia could arrive in the majors.  He is a very talented young pitcher, but he’s only 16 years old and a long way from...

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Brooks Pounders a top GCL Prospect

Baseball America has started releasing their top 20 prospects in each league. Today they started with the Gulf Coast League. The only Pittsburgh Pirates prospect to make the list was Brooks Pounders, who came in ranked number 15. They mention that Trent Stevenson missed the list due to not having a minimum amount of innings. Pounders pitched 24 innings in the GCL, allowing a 3.04 ERA, a 20:11 K/BB ratio, and a .218 BAA. The goal of...

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The 2009 GCL Pirates Season Recap

The Gulf Coast League is the start of the development process for most draft prospects. It is a 16 team league, and one of two rookie leagues above the VSL, DSL, and ASL. In the case of the Pirates, the GCL games are played in the Pirates’ Spring Training complex in Bradenton, with the bulk of the players coming from the VSL, DSL, and the draft. The main focus of the league isn’t so much on winning, but instruction and...

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