Jon Sandfort: The Next Prep Pitcher to Watch?
Jul05

Jon Sandfort: The Next Prep Pitcher to Watch?

The Pirates have had a strategy over the last few years in the draft. Take hard to sign prep pitchers in the middle rounds of the draft, give them over-slot bonuses, and hope they develop into solid starters. With any luck, you’ll see one or two pitchers take that unseen leap from a somewhat unknown player to a potential top of the rotation starter. The Pirates have already seen that twice. Tyler Glasnow is emerging with the...

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Minor League Schedule: Sandfort Makes First Start
Jul04

Minor League Schedule: Sandfort Makes First Start

7/5/13 Starters: Kris Johnson, Ethan Hollingsworth, Adrian Sampson, Clay Holmes, Cody Dickson, Jon Sandfort

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Top Performers: Some New Faces at the Top of the Pitching Leaderboard
Jul01

Top Performers: Some New Faces at the Top of the Pitching Leaderboard

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The top five short season pitchers are also highlighted in a separate group, since most of those guys only go 4-5 innings max, and don’t have a good chance of being highlighted in the top ten. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Preview
Jun21

2013 GCL Pirates Season Preview

The GCL Pirates started their 2013 season today, losing 6-4 to the GCL Yankees. In the past we’ve had limited reports on the GCL guys. Most of those reports have come from pre-draft or pre-international signing talks, analyzing stats, or just the limited times we’ve seen the teams. In the past few years Wilbur Miller has seen the GCL team during the season a few times, and I’ve seen them for a few games, but the...

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Prospect Notebook: Where Will Heredia Go? Sandfort Seeing Changeup Improvements

Luis Heredia made a start at Pirate City yesterday in an intrasquad game in extended Spring Training. He went three innings, giving up a run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Heredia had an easy first inning. He worked a full count and got the leadoff hitter to pop out to short. He followed that up with a first pitch ground out to short. The 1-2-3 inning was completed with a strikeout looking on his fastball. He needed 14...

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