First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players
Nov20

First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players

Today is the day for teams to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Teams have until midnight to add players to the 40-man roster, or risk those players being exposed in the draft this December. The first time eligible players this year are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft.  The Pirates currently have four open spots on the 40-man roster. They could clear more spots if needed....

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Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?
Nov05

Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible. **If a player was 18 or younger in the year he was signed, he...

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2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct23

2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second straight year, the West Virginia Power featured the biggest breakout prospects in the system. Last year it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson who broke out. This year it was Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie. Along with those two, West Virginia had one of the most talented groups of prospects in the system this year. That was fueled by a strong pitching staff with ten players who have hit 93 MPH or better, and four...

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Don’t Sleep on Joely Rodriguez as a Future Major League Pitcher
Oct21

Don’t Sleep on Joely Rodriguez as a Future Major League Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have no shortage of quality pitching prospects. This year they saw Gerrit Cole graduate to the majors and start his transition into a number one starter. Next year could be the same story with top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon. One of the biggest stories in the minors this year was the emergence of Tyler Glasnow, who looks like he could also be a top of the rotation starter. Behind those pitchers, the...

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2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct21

2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The Bradenton Marauders started the 2013 season as one of the most exciting teams to follow in the system. That was largely due to the presence of the top two hitting prospects in the system — Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson — and one of the top pitching prospects in Nick Kingham. By mid-season, Polanco and Kingham were promoted to Altoona, and Hanson was soon to follow. What remained was a roster filled with talented...

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