Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn’t a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games at the end of practice.┬áThat was the case today, with two games taking place side by side. I sat down in between the...

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Pirates Have Five in John Sickels Top 120

John Sickels, who runs MinorLeagueBall.com, has published his top 120 prospects for the 2012 season. Normally Sickels does separate lists for hitters and pitchers, although this year he combined them in to one big list. In the link above, Sickels provides some explanation for his rankings process. The big thing he notes is that he leans towards guys who are closer to the majors. Five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects ended up on the list....

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Pirates Have Four in Baseball America Top 100

Baseball America has released their top 100 prospects list, and four Pittsburgh Pirates made the cut. The Pirates had Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, and Starling Marte represented on the list this year. Cole was the top ranked prospect, coming in at number 12. Jameson Taillon quickly followed him, ranked at number 15. Baseball America listed an estimated time of arrival of 2013 for Cole and 2014 for Taillon. Josh Bell was up...

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Six Pirates Rank in Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has released his top 101 prospects for the 2012 season, and in the biggest showing for the team yet, six Pittsburgh Pirates prospects have made the list. You can view the whole list here, as well as a brief explanation as to how Goldstein approaches his rankings. The top ranked player on the list was Gerrit Cole, who rated ninth overall. Cole was the fourth best pitcher on the list, and the third...

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Keith Law’s Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Along with his top 100 prospect list, Keith Law has released his top ten prospects for each team. The list for the Pittsburgh Pirates starts out in the exact order as order in the top 100 list. Gerrit Cole comes in first, followed in order by Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, Starling Marte, and Robbie Grossman. Luis Heredia, who was on Law’s list of players who just missed the top 100, came in sixth. The next player was Kyle...

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