Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/28/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis beat Syracuse 7-5.  Michael Crotta pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Derek Hankins made his AAA debut, allowing a run on one hit, a solo homer, before getting the final out in the eighth.  Hankins allowed the only inherited runner on base to score on the homer, blowing the save, but got the win thanks to two runs from...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/23/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Charlotte 17-11.  Michael Crotta pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched one inning, allowing two runs on a walk and a hit.  Daniel Moskos pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Jean Machi allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work. Brandon Moss went...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 4-3.  Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect inning in relief, followed by a perfect inning from Jean Machi for the save. Jonathan Van Every went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBIs....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects

The 2010 season has been rough for the Pirates’ farm system, and it really shows in the updated top 30.  Gone are top prospects like Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln.  Three of my mid-season top 10 prospects have suffered major injuries, causing them to miss a lot of development time this year.  Three pre-season top 10 prospects have really struggled at the AA level this year.  The system is probably without a Grade...

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