First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Getting Hammered With Injuries
Apr08

First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Getting Hammered With Injuries

The success of a farm system depends on a lot of things. You need good drafting. You need to sign talented players in the international ranks. You need good scouts to identify talent in both places. After the players are in the system, you need to develop them. But even with all of the things that can be controlled, you still need luck to have a successful farm system. Part of that luck involves keeping everyone healthy. The Pirates...

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Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes To The Disabled List
Apr07

Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes To The Disabled List

We heard last night that West Virginia outfielders Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes both left their game early and for both of them, it looked like hamstring injuries. It’s a problem which has plagued Barnes throughout his pro career. Today, both players were placed on the disabled list. Austin Meadows, who was supposed to be the third starter in the West Virginia outfielder, is also out due to a hamstring injury. He is in...

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Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes Injured in West Virginia Game
Apr06

Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes Injured in West Virginia Game

The sixth inning of today’s West Virginia Power game saw outfielders Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes go down with injuries. Barnes came up favoring his right leg as he reached first base on an infield single to shortstop. It wasn’t apparent where the injury took place, although it looked like he grabbed the back of his leg when he hit the bag, which could indicate a hamstring injury. Barnes has a pretty bad injury...

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Prospect Watch: Casey Sadler and Chad Kuhl Dominate With Their Sinkers
Apr04

Prospect Watch: Casey Sadler and Chad Kuhl Dominate With Their Sinkers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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West Virginia Power Release Opening Day Roster
Apr02

West Virginia Power Release Opening Day Roster

The West Virginia Power released their 2014 Opening Day roster on Wednesday morning. They will eventually have four of the Pittsburgh Pirates top ten prospects in Austin Meadows, Reese McGuire, Harold Ramirez and Luis Heredia. Meadows will begin the season in Extended Spring Training due to hamstring issues. Left-handed pitchers are marked with an asterisk. The 2014 minor league season opens on Thursday. You can find the rosters at...

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