DSL Pirates Report: A Catching Prospect Shows Improvements on Offense and Defense
Jul13

DSL Pirates Report: A Catching Prospect Shows Improvements on Offense and Defense

A couple weeks ago, we were talking about a team that lost nine games in a row, but since then the DSL Pirates have really turned things around. They have gone 10-4 since breaking the streak, including a 4-2 record this week. Last week, we highlighted a hard-throwing starter that just might be a prospect. This week we focus in on a rookie catcher that has looked good both at the plate and behind it recently. This week we start with a...

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Minor Moves: Hard-Throwing Lefty Promoted to United States From DSL
Jul07

Minor Moves: Hard-Throwing Lefty Promoted to United States From DSL

In addition to the roster moves for Altoona and the trade of Chris Dickerson today, the Pittsburgh Pirates made six moves in the lower minors, including a rare mid-season promotion from the Dominican Summer League. Jake Burnette was added to the GCL roster on rehab and he pitched today. The seventh round pick from the 2011 draft signed an over-slot bonus, but has not lived up to the hype, mostly because he has been unable to stay...

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2014 Bristol Pirates Season Preview
Jun19

2014 Bristol Pirates Season Preview

Over the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates added a new short-season team, joining the Appalachian League with the franchise in Bristol. The Appalachian League uses the MLB team names, and thus, the Bristol Pirates were born. The Pirates will only have one DSL team this year, rather than two in previous years. Because of this, they have essentially moved their second international team to the US. This can be shown by the large number...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster
Sep10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster

The Fall Instructional Leagues (“instructs”) will start at the end of this month, starting on September 16th and ending October 19th. Instructs is a time for the minor league players to review their 2013 seasons, add new pitches, refine old pitches, or add new positions on the field. It’s also a chance to get extra playing time, with games taking place against other teams, similar to minor league Spring Training. The...

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DSL Pirates 2013: Ten Prospects to Watch
Aug30

DSL Pirates 2013: Ten Prospects to Watch

Complete DSL Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Ten Prospects to Watch Last Year’s Ten Prospects to Watch As I mention every time I do these things, it is a lot more difficult to predict the top prospects at this level than it is at any other level. This season I have been fortunate enough to get much more input on the players. So rather than relying solely on things like bonuses, age/size, initial scouting reports when they sign...

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