After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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Do the Pirates Have a Top Farm System?

With the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell last night, the question has to be asked: where does the farm system rank in all of baseball?  I follow prospects throughout the game, and I see plenty of them when I’m on the road, but I can’t say I follow other systems enough to get a feel for how the Pirates stack up against the rest of the league.  However, you don’t have to follow other systems to...

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Four Pirates Prospects Make Baseball America Rankings

Baseball America released their rankings for the best tools in the minor leagues last week.  Four Pittsburgh Pirates prospects ended up on the lists. At the AAA level, Alex Presley and Gorkys Hernandez were both recognized in the International League.  Presley was named as having the best strike zone judgement in the league, while Hernandez was cited as having the best outfield arm in the league. In A-ball, Robbie Grossman was named...

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West Virginia Wrap Up: Seven Games vs Lakewood

I was able to see the West Virginia Power twice this year when they came to Lakewood. The first time they came in was for the three game series from June 9-11 and they took two of three. The starters for that series were Colton Cain, Jameson Taillon and Brandon Cumpton. The next series was a four game series last week August 5-8 that the teams split and again Jameson Taillon started along with Zack Von Rosenberg, Zack Dodson and...

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Jameson Taillon: Better Than The Numbers

Looking at the numbers, you could say that Jameson Taillon is having a disappointing season.  The top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system has a 4.52 ERA in 71.2 innings this year.  He’s putting up dominating secondary numbers, with a 9.2 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 ratio.  Lately he’s seen the bulk of his season struggles, allowing 21 earned runs in his last 22.1 innings over six starts. When the Pirates drafted Taillon...

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