Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it’s time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season. I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/8/12

Bradenton was rained out last night. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of two 7-inning games. Colton Cain will make his return the mound after missing a month with a right groin strain. In the other game, Jameson Taillon gets the start. West Virginia was off yesterday. They resume their schedule with the first game of a six day road trip. Nate Baker, who was originally scheduled for Altoona  last night, will go tonight...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/2/12

Both Altoona and Bradenton were rained out yesterday. Each team will play a doubleheader today with each game consisting of seven innings apiece. The Dominican Summer League starts up today with both Pirates affiliates in action. The league doesn’t announce starting pitchers ahead of time, so the posts for them will be limited to schedule/record/team notes.  Including the two double-headers, there are eight games on the schedule...

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Named FSL All-Stars

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were named to the Florida State League mid-season All-Star team today. The game will take place in Port Charlotte, Florida on Saturday, June 16. Cole has a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings pitched this year, with a 50:15 K/BB ratio. He’s been on a hot streak lately, with a 1.32 ERA and a 27:9 K/BB ratio in 34 innings over his last six starts. That ERA ranks eighth in...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/1/12

Number 2 prospect Jameson Taillon gets the start tonight from Bradenton. In his last start on 5/27, he allowed five runs in just 3.2 innings. He will face Brevard County for the first time this year. Jeff Karstens was scheduled to make his rehab start yesterday but a two hour rain delay forced a change of plans, with Rick VandenHurk starting in his place. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis...

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