First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week
Dec09

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects who will play in the upper levels are...

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Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Named Among Top AFL Prospects
Nov21

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Named Among Top AFL Prospects

MLB.com has released their top 25 list for prospects in the Arizona Fall League. They pointed out that this year was a particularly strong year for prospects in the league and they expanded the list from their normal twenty spots. Two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the list, with Tyler Glasnow leading the way in fifth place and Josh Bell ranked 16th overall. There seems to be some agreement among scouts and those prospect experts...

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Baseball Prospectus Releases Top Ten Pirates Prospect List
Nov19

Baseball Prospectus Releases Top Ten Pirates Prospect List

Baseball Prospectus has released their top ten list for prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. You need a subscription to read the entire article, but the list is free. No surprise that Tyler Glasnow leads the list after the season he put up this year. He is followed by Jameson Taillon, who most had ranked ahead of Glasnow coming into the season(BP had Taillon ahead of Gregory Polanco last year), but the combination of a missed...

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Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Didn’t Perform Like Top Prospects in the AFL, But Should That Matter?
Nov15

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Didn’t Perform Like Top Prospects in the AFL, But Should That Matter?

The 2014 Arizona Fall League wrapped up on Thursday for the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects and now it’s time to look back on the season. For the two top prospects in the system, the AFL season could be called disappointing. Tyler Glasnow did not pitch like one of the top prospects in baseball, while Josh Bell didn’t hit at all and his defense was below average at first base. Each of these players should be better from the...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Finishes on a Sour Note, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times
Nov13

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Finishes on a Sour Note, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

On Thursday afternoon, Joely Rodriguez started the last game of the Arizona Fall League season. He came into the game with an 0.95 ERA, best among all starting pitchers in the AFL, but he didn’t continue his season-long success. Josh Bell and Elias Diaz were also in the lineup representing the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scottsdale won 8-5 over Salt River, giving them a 12-20 record. Rodriguez started the first inning by allowing a line...

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