Four Pirates in Kevin Goldstein’s Top 101 Prospects

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has released his top 101 prospects for the 2011 season.  Goldstein has four Pirates prospects on the list, with a bit of a surprise from the other lists that have been released. Jameson Taillon was the highest rated player on the list, coming in at number eight.  Taillon was the third best pitcher on the list, ranking only behind Julio Teheran and Aroldis Chapman.  He also ranked one spot ahead...

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Pirates Have Three in Baseball America Top 100

Baseball America released their top 100 prospects for the 2011 season today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have three prospects on the list.  To access the Baseball America rankings, go here. The top Pirates prospect, Jameson Taillon, came in at number 11 on the list.  Taillon is the highest rated Pirates’ pitching prospect on a Baseball America top 100 since Kris Benson rated seventh in 1998.  He is the second highest rated...

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A Tale of Projectability

We often hear about “projectability” with young pitchers.  The idea is that a tall, skinny kid will add velocity to his frame as he fills out and matures.  Often it seems that every tall, skinny kid has projectability.  However, not every player with projectability will end up throwing in the upper 90s.  It’s for that reason that top high school draft picks like Tim Alderson never see a velocity increase, while an...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Prospects Preview

Before we get down to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Prospects Preview, let’s take a look back at the 2010 preview, to retrieve the following message that was intended for us: Next there’s Anthony Ranaudo, the consensus top pitching prospect at the college level.  Just like Alex White in 2009, Ranaudo is coming in to the season viewed as a future ace, fresh off a breakout sophomore season.  I’m not going to say...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Top 10 Prospects

Over the last two weeks we’ve been counting down the Pirates Prospects 2011 Top 10 Prospects, ending today with 2010 first round pick Jameson Taillon.  Here is the recap of the top 10, with links to the individual write-ups: 1. Jameson Taillon 2. Starling Marte 3. Tony Sanchez 4. Stetson Allie 5. Luis Heredia 6. Bryan Morris 7. Rudy Owens 8. Jeff Locke 9. Zack Von Rosenberg 10. Colton Cain The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect...

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