Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class
Sep07

Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class

Last week, we looked at the progress of the top international prospects from 2012 and how they were doing in the system two years later. Now we take a look at the Pirates’ 2012 draft class and how those twenty signed players are doing in the system. That was the year the Pirates didn’t sign Mark Appel and also missed out on fourth round pick Brandon Thomas, so this class was immediately hurt by losing upside talent....

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Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst
Jul26

Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst

Over the last two days, Hayden Hurst has been playing as the designated hitter in the GCL. This is significant, as Hurst was drafted as a pitcher and given an over-slot bonus in 2012. He was one of three guys who the Pirates turned to with their over-slot money after Mark Appel turned them down. The Pirates gave Hurst $400,000 as a 17th round pick. He was a power arm who sat 88-92 MPH and could touch 95 at times when drafted. He also...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Preview
Jun21

2013 GCL Pirates Season Preview

The GCL Pirates started their 2013 season today, losing 6-4 to the GCL Yankees. In the past we’ve had limited reports on the GCL guys. Most of those reports have come from pre-draft or pre-international signing talks, analyzing stats, or just the limited times we’ve seen the teams. In the past few years Wilbur Miller has seen the GCL team during the season a few times, and I’ve seen them for a few games, but the...

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Extended Spring Training Notes: Dodson, Hurst, Ramirez, Montilla

I was over at extended Spring Training this afternoon, where the Pirates were playing a game against the Phillies. Here are some observations from camp. **Zack Dodson got the start in the Jamestown game, going 3.1 innings and giving up three runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Dodson was 85-92 MPH with his fastball, and his curveball was looking good, ranging from 66-72 MPH. He ran into trouble in the fourth inning,...

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Prospect Notebook: Seeing Two Pitchers For the First Time; Brewer Hits 95

Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I’ve seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn’t pitch in the GCL, so I didn’t get to see him throw. Today, both pitchers were on the mound in the low-A game against the Toronto farm system. Here are my...

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