Minor League Schedule: 8/5/12

Two of the Pirates top prospects will get the start today. For Altoona, Gerrit Cole will take the mound, coming off his best start since being promoted to AA. He threw six shutout innings on Tuesday night against Trenton. In State College, Luis Heredia will get his ninth start of the year. He has an 0.95 ERA at home this year. Both DSL teams and the GCL Pirates are all off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here....

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After The Trade Deadline: Updated Top 20 Prospects

A lot has changed since we last updated the top 20 prospects rankings after the draft. Mark Appel didn’t sign. Starling Marte was promoted, and will most likely lose his prospect eligibility by the end of the year. The Pirates traded Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain. The short-season leagues started, giving us a look at what the younger prospects were working on in extended Spring Training. And some of those results...

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Slip in Baseball Prospectus Top 50

Baseball Prospectus has released their mid-season top 50 prospects today, and three Pirates prospects made the list. Two of those prospects took a fall from their pre-season rankings, while one made a jump forward. Gerrit Cole was the first prospect listed, coming in at number 12. That’s down from his pre-season ranking of number nine, which is a bigger drop when you consider all of the players who were at the top in the...

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Minor League Schedule: 7/30/12

Altoona has off today. They resume their schedule on the road in Trenton tomorrow night with Gerrit Cole on the mound. The two other top pitching prospects in the system will go tonight. Jameson Taillon ranks ninth in the FSL in strikeouts, while Luis Heredia ranks ninth in the NYPL in ERA and he has a 1.03 WHIP. Both DSL teams, as well as the GCL Pirates, had off yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here....

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Prospect Watch: Solid Starts From Kingham, Wilson and Heredia

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 (2-3, 4.71) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.27) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.286) - 2-for-4, 2B 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.318) - 0-for-1 5. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274)...

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