Images From Spring Opener (Without the Squashed Manatees)

As you no doubt know, the Pirates beat up on a hapless junior college squad in their spring opener by a score of several million to one, roughly.  For some reason, the annual game against the junior college Manatees is usually something less than a laugher.  The Pirates even lost a few years ago, courtesy of Virgil Vasquez.  This time, however, the junior college kids struggled to throw strikes and make routine defensive plays. Not...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Top 10 Prospects

Over the last two weeks we’ve been counting down the Pirates Prospects 2011 Top 10 Prospects, ending today with 2010 first round pick Jameson Taillon.  Here is the recap of the top 10, with links to the individual write-ups: 1. Jameson Taillon 2. Starling Marte 3. Tony Sanchez 4. Stetson Allie 5. Luis Heredia 6. Bryan Morris 7. Rudy Owens 8. Jeff Locke 9. Zack Von Rosenberg 10. Colton Cain The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect...

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2011 Top Pirates Prospects: #5 – Luis Heredia

The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide was released last week, featuring 237 prospect reports, interviews with Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Zack Dodson, the 2011 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, the top ten prospects will be released on the site. Be sure to purchase your copy of...

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Luis Heredia to Start in GCL

Dejan Kovacevic reports that top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia will start his career in the Gulf Coast League in 2011.  That’s a somewhat aggressive approach for the Pirates, having Heredia go to the States without any professional experience. The placement also raises the question as to when Heredia could arrive in the majors.  He is a very talented young pitcher, but he’s only 16 years old and a long way from...

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BP's top 11 Pirates prospects

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus published full scouting reports for his Top 11 Pirates prospects very early this morning. He also released his rankings for prospects 12-20. Since the Pirates were the first organization on the schedule, the information is available to non-subscribers for free. That is a nice little bonus, so head over and take a look. Kevin is answering questions in the comments section, as well.

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