First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft
Sep25

First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft

In 2008 Jay Bruce made it to the majors and hit 21 home runs in 413 at-bats, finishing fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Bruce was taken one pick after Andrew McCutchen, which had people questioning the selection of McCutchen. At the time, McCutchen was in the middle of a season where he had a .770 OPS in Triple-A. Bruce remains a good player, but McCutchen has turned into an MVP. Justin Smoak reached the majors in April of...

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Jameson Taillon Heading to the Arizona Fall League
Sep10

Jameson Taillon Heading to the Arizona Fall League

Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon will be heading to the Arizona Fall League this year, Pirates Prospects has learned. A few weeks ago the initial AFL rosters were released, with Alen Hanson, Alex Dickerson, Gift Ngoepe, Tyler Waldron, and Zack Thornton all attending. Taillon is a new addition to the list, and when combined with Hanson and Dickerson, makes this year a pretty exciting group to follow. Taillon spent the...

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Prospect Watch: Indy Eliminated; Bell and Meadows Power Their Teams On
Sep06

Prospect Watch: Indy Eliminated; Bell and Meadows Power Their Teams On

Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, HR: Austin Meadows

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Pitching Inside: The Pirates Way
Sep05

Pitching Inside: The Pirates Way

A couple years back, I took a look at the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitchers and their tendencies of pitching inside, specifically all the hit batters. From the lowest level of the minors to the top, they teach their pitchers to own the inside of the plate and if you happen to hit some batters in the process, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s part of the learning process. The Pirates want their pitchers to be...

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First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year
Sep05

First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year

Tyler Glasnow posted a 36.3 K% this year, which is one of the highest marks in baseball in a long time.

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