First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate
Mar27

First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate

Back at the beginning of February, I wrote an article looking at extension candidates for the Pittsburgh Pirates, noting that this was where the team needed to spend their money. Everyone focused on the 2014 payroll this off-season, but two of the best moves that could have been made were the extensions of Charlie Morton, and today’s extension of Starling Marte. Neither of these moves has an impact on the 2014 season, since...

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John Sickels Releases Top 20 Pirates Prospect List
Mar25

John Sickels Releases Top 20 Pirates Prospect List

Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels has released his list of the Pittsburgh Pirates Top 20 Prospects. No surprises at the top, as Gregory Polanco sits in the first spot, followed by Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows.  Sickels has the same ten prospects in the top ten that almost every other list has, just a slightly different order. In spots 5-10, he has Nick Kingham, Josh Bell, Alen Hanson, Luis Heredia, Reese...

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First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects
Mar24

First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects

Every year around this time I start gathering information to prepare for the season previews at each minor league level. A big part of that involves trying to figure out where players will start, and which players might be promoted throughout the year. One of the things I hear constantly from the Pirates, whether it’s front office members or coaches, is that it’s not how a prospect starts, it’s how he finishes. For...

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Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates’ Organization
Mar23

Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates’ Organization

The past week has seen the Pittsburgh Pirates organization get hit by the injury bug. Fortunately, most of the injuries aren’t major or long-term issues. Unfortunately, three of the top four prospects in the system will start the minor league season in extended Spring Training. Here is the rundown: **Jameson Taillon Sidelined With “A Little Bit of Elbow Discomfort”. He will take two weeks off and then it should take him two...

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Jameson Taillon Sidelined With “A Little Bit of Elbow Discomfort”
Mar23

Jameson Taillon Sidelined With “A Little Bit of Elbow Discomfort”

Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is currently sidelined with what he describes as “a little bit of elbow discomfort.” “I’ve had an MRI and the ligaments are all good,” Taillon said. “There’s nothing there, which is really good news. I’m going to go get a second opinion, and we’ll go from there. The early word is just there’s a little...

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