The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes
Sep15

The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done a good job of preserving pitcher health and avoiding major injuries in the minors. A lot of this is due to their conservative approach with pitch counts and innings limits, especially at the lower levels. Despite this, it’s impossible to totally avoid injuries with pitchers, as we saw this year. In Spring Training, top prospects Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes both went down with Tommy John...

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A Good Sign in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab
Sep03

A Good Sign in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab

Jameson Taillon has been recovering from Tommy John surgery this year, after undergoing the procedure at the start of April. The typical timeline for recovery is four months of rest before a pitcher can resume throwing. Taillon resumed throwing about a month ago. Today he posted an update to Instagram, showing that he had moved his throwing to 75 feet. I’ve mentioned before that Taillon could possibly be ready for the start of...

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First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?
Aug18

First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?

We rank prospects on this site twice a year. The biggest set of rankings comes in the off-season, which we release in the annual Prospect Guide. We also release a mid-season update. The mid-season version is usually pretty close to the pre-season rankings, since there usually aren’t too many changes to a player’s prospect status over two months. The key to the mid-season update is to see where the new draft picks fall in,...

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Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?
Aug08

Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft is a big topic every year. In the past, the draft has led to some big finds, such as Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, and of course Roberto Clemente. In recent years, the draft has been less likely to see impact guys get taken. This is a result of MLB allowing¬†teams an extra year before players were eligible for the draft, which happened back in 2006. It’s pretty easy to fit eligible Rule 5 guys on a roster these days....

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Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch
Jul30

Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch

Jameson Taillon just tweeted that he had his first day of catch today, throwing from 45 feet. First day of catch in the books. May have been only 45 ft, but life just feels right with a baseball in my hand! — Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) July 30, 2014 The normal progression for Tommy John surgery is to take four months off from throwing for rest and rehab purposes. We’re now¬†about four months beyond when Taillon had his...

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