Top Performers: Do the Pirates Have Their Future First Baseman in Alex Dickerson?
Jul22

Top Performers: Do the Pirates Have Their Future First Baseman in Alex Dickerson?

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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Jin-De Jhang Homers to Continue Hot Start; Brewer Throws Five Shutout Innings
Jun18

Jin-De Jhang Homers to Continue Hot Start; Brewer Throws Five Shutout Innings

After driving through a downpour, multiple traffic jams and an EZPass gate that would not lift, I made it to Mahoning Valley to check out the short-season Jamestown Jammers play their second game of the year. Let’s do this Power Rankings style: the 7 players who impressed me most on Tuesday night. This is┬ánot a ranking of the prospects as a whole, simply a small-sample-size look at one game and various musings. 1. Catcher Jin-De...

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2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Preview
Jun17

2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Preview

The 2013 Jamestown Jammers season begins today. Some of you may be wondering “Who are the Jamestown Jammers?” The Pirates used to have their short-season A-ball affiliate in State College. The contract with the Spikes ended last year, and the Spikes opted to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Thus the Pirates moved their short-season A-ball team to Jamestown. Everything is the same as it was with State College, except for...

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Draft Signing Rumors: Reese McGuire, Taylor, Kuhl, Carle And More

With the MLB draft in the books after three long days, the Pittsburgh Pirates will now get some of these players into camp immediately. It usually starts with the obvious ones, the college seniors that have no more eligibility. The Pirates will hold a mini-camp early next week at their facility in Bradenton for drafted players, where they will sign their contracts and get acclimated to the system before being assigned to a team. Here...

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Rounds 16-20: Billy Roth Shows Future Promise, But Might Be Hard to Sign

The Pirates added several players here who should serve as organizational guys to fill out the lower levels. One guy who stands out among the organizational is Justin Topa. He didn’t show up on any top prospect lists, and was listed by Baseball America in a weak draft class in New York, but throws 91-93, touches 95, and has a projectable frame. The guy with the highest upside in the group is Billy Roth, who Baseball America...

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