Prospect Watch: Big Night from Alex Dickerson

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.85) –  DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) –  DNP 3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.318) - DNP 4. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) – Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College...

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Why Has Josh Bell’s Rehab Taken So Long?

One of the most anticipated debuts this year was the pro debut by Josh Bell, who signed for $5 M as a second round pick in the 2011 draft, and was slated to start off in West Virginia. That debut ended up being short-lived, as Bell went down in late-April with a knee injury. The outfielder ripped what would have been a double, but pulled up limping rounding first base, and was tagged out standing between first and second with an...

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Pirates Have Six in John Sickels’ Top 120

John Sickels of Minor League Ball has released his mid-season top 120 prospect list today, and ranks six Pittsburgh Pirates prospects in the first 77 spots. The rankings don’t include 2012 draft picks, so you won’t find Mark Appel on there. They have also been adjusted to remove guys who have exceeded their rookie eligibility, or are currently in the majors and on pace to exceed that eligibility. The top Pirates on the...

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Prospect Notebook: Heredia Will Face a Huge Test in State College

Luis Heredia will begin the 2012 season in State College, which is an aggressive push for a player at his age. Heredia is 17 this year, and won’t turn 18 until the middle of August, when the short-season league will be coming close to the end of the season. The New York Penn League is typically dominated by college hitters, which will be a big test for a pitcher who has only thrown 30.1 innings in his pro career. “It’s...

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Prospect Notebook: Battles in the Top 20 Prospect Rankings

On Friday we released the 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects list. The list not only looked at the placements of the new draft picks, but also looked at the updated rankings after the first half of the minor league season. The rankings are gathered by taking the average of five different top 20 lists. The two outliers are removed, and the remaining three rankings are averaged out. From there, I make the final adjustments to the list. I...

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