First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have the Top Farm System?

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close. Passan went on to highlight all of the usual names. He didn’t mention Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but did mention Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. He focused a lot on Tyler...

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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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Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia

On Thursday I went over to Pirate City to watch Luis Heredia make a start in extended Spring Training against the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. There hasn’t been a lot to write about Heredia this year, as the Pirates have held him out of action. He only threw in a game once during Spring Training, which came at the end of March. He didn’t make his first extended Spring Training start until the end of April. Along the...

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Early Preview of the 2013 International Signing Class, Pirates Not In On Top Names

On Baseball America this afternoon, Ben Badler posted his list of Ten International Prospects To Watch. It is a subscribers only article, but don’t worry if you don’t subscribe, yet want to know who the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to among that group, he doesn’t mention them once. In most years, that has been the case with the Pirates. There have been a few exceptions recently, the two obvious ones are Miguel Sano...

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Prospect Notebook: Luis Heredia, Zack Dodson, and Rinku Singh Set to Return Soon

I’ve had a lot of questions early in the year about the progress of Luis Heredia. The right-hander is in extended Spring Training, and hasn’t thrown in many games. He has been throwing on the side, and pitched a live batting practice earlier this week. Back in the middle of March I spoke with Pirates farm director Larry Broadway, who said that the team would probably take a similar approach with Heredia as they did with...

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