After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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Do the Pirates Have a Top Farm System?

With the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell last night, the question has to be asked: where does the farm system rank in all of baseball?  I follow prospects throughout the game, and I see plenty of them when I’m on the road, but I can’t say I follow other systems enough to get a feel for how the Pirates stack up against the rest of the league.  However, you don’t have to follow other systems to...

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GCL Pirates Recap 8/13 – Luis Heredia Start

Today, I went to watch the Pirates’ Gulf Coast League game, mainly to watch Luis Heredia, the now-17-year old Pirates’ prized pitcher. I left the game impressed with the display of offense I saw from the Baby Bucs. Heredia had mixed results. His first pitch of the game resulted in a perfect drag bunt single by the Phillies’ leadoff hitter. His second pitch resulted in a caught stealing due to a great throw by...

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GCL Pirates Report 6/27/11

Short GCL Report (by Trevor and Terry Mathews) It should have been a fun GCL game to watch. Luis Heredia was the starting pitcher for the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez started his rehab assignment. As you probably know, instead it turned out to be a rain-shortened 1 ½ inning partial game to be picked up on Tuesday. Pedro led off the game with a 3-pitch at bat against a LHP with a nasty curve ball. While you expect to see a lot of...

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2011 GCL Pirates Preview: Pitchers

The GCL Pirates began their season on Monday.  Below is a look at the pitchers who will start the year on the 2011 GCL roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the position players. Luis Heredia The 16 year old Heredia, who turns 17 in August, signed for $2.6 M out of Mexico last year, making him the highest paid international amateur in Pirates history.  There’s a good reason Heredia was paid that amount, and a lot of...

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