Notes: Taillon, Bowker, Rodriguez, Kubitza

I’ve been a little busy today, so here are some notes to catch up: -Kristy from Hands Off My Pirate Booty was at Pirate City today, and passed along a report that Jameson Taillon mentioned he will be starting the 2011 season in West Virginia.  There has been a lot of talk about how Taillon could start out the season in West Virginia, but this marks the first time I’ve seen anyone from the team talk about it. -Jennifer...

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Jonathan Herrand Touching 96-97 MPH

Yesterday, Baseball America released their figures from the 2010 international signing class, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates spent an estimated $5 M on international bonuses in 2010, which was the fourth most in the majors.  Ben Badler of Baseball America also released a review of the signings in the NL Central (subscribers only).  One interesting part came in the discussion of right handed pitcher Jonathan Herrand. Herrand was...

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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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