Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers, Including Two Big Bonus Cuban Players
Mar22

Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers, Including Two Big Bonus Cuban Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released six minor league players, Pirates Prospects has learned. Included in that group are two Cuban players that each received large bonuses. Outfielder Carlos Mesa and pitchers Axel Diaz, Cesar Lopez, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro were all let go. Cesar Lopez signed for $600,000 in September of 2010. He was 19 years old at the time and was said to throw 94 MPH with a good sinker and...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster
Sep10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster

The Fall Instructional Leagues (“instructs”) will start at the end of this month, starting on September 16th and ending October 19th. Instructs is a time for the minor league players to review their 2013 seasons, add new pitches, refine old pitches, or add new positions on the field. It’s also a chance to get extra playing time, with games taking place against other teams, similar to minor league Spring Training. The...

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Minor Moves: Waldron Promoted to Altoona, Singer Added to Bradenton
Aug15

Minor Moves: Waldron Promoted to Altoona, Singer Added to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a bunch of minor league moves today and at least one more should be announced soon due to roster space. The biggest name moved today was Tyler Waldron, who was injured earlier in the season and has been pitching for Bradenton since he returned three weeks ago. Also moving to Altoona from Indianapolis was catcher Ali Solis, who was demoted to make room for newly-signed catcher Kelly Shoppach. With those two...

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Stetson Allie Makes His Pro Debut

About two months ago, I covered Jameson Taillon’s pro debut in West Virginia. ¬†It was raining that night, and Taillon’s outing was shortened as a result, with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect allowing a run on three hits in two innings, with two walks and no strikeouts. ¬†Tonight, Stetson Allie made his pro debut in State College, and prior to the game, it looked like it could have been a repeat of...

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