Pirate City Notes: Oliver to be a Starter; When will Heredia be in West Virginia?

The minor leaguers take on the Yankees farm system today. The lineups, pitchers, and notes are below. First, a few notes from camp. **Andy Oliver was optioned to Triple-A today. The Pirates plan on stretching him out in minor league camp and using him as a starter. **Luis Heredia may have a shot at West Virginia this year, but it might not be right away. He could be on a similar timeline as Jameson Taillon in 2011. Taillon started the...

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Pirates Have Seven Prospects in John Sickels’ Top 150

John Sickels released his top 150 prospects today, and has seven Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on the list. The list can be found here, as well as the thought process that goes into the list. Gerrit Cole came in at fifth overall on the list, finishing as the second best pitcher behind Dylan Bundy (3). Next up was Jameson Taillon, who came in at number 17. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were back to back, and both made the top 50....

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Pirates Have Five in the FanGraphs Top 100 Prospect List

Marc Hulet of FanGraphs has released his top 100 list, with five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects making the cut. The five players are the usual suspects that have been on every other top prospect list that has been announced so far. Coming in at number six was Gerrit Cole. Only one pitcher was ahead of Cole, and that was Dylan Bundy, who came in at number four. Jameson Taillon came in at number 14. Hulet singled him out, noting that he...

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Pirates Get Favorable Rankings in the Baseball Prospectus Top 101

  Baseball Prospectus released their top 101 prospects today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on the list. The highest ranked player was Gerrit Cole, who came in as the third best prospect and the top pitching prospect. This is the highest Cole has been ranked in any of the top 100 prospect lists. Jason Parks questioned why people don’t love Cole, noting that his on-paper stuff is the best in the minors. Jameson...

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Baseball America Releases Top 100 List

Baseball America has released their list of the top 100 prospects today and the Pittsburgh Pirates have five players on the list. Only the Cardinals, Marlins and Twins had more with six apiece. Subscribers can view the best tools list for each player. Gerrit Cole has been ranked #1 on every Pirates top prospect list, Including Baseball America’s list, so it is no surprise that he comes in at seventh place, headlining this strong...

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