Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts
Mar17

Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts

There is a huge storm north of Bradenton, with an 80 percent chance of rain today. Because of this, the Pirates cancelled their minor league games against the Phillies, and had two intrasquad games at Pirate City this afternoon, moving the games up to 9:00 AM instead of the usual 1:00 PM start time. There were a lot of good pitchers to watch, and a lot of good matchups throughout the day. At the end of the day, Gerrit Cole and Tony...

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Luis Heredia, in Much Better Shape, Will Pitch a Full Season This Year
Mar13

Luis Heredia, in Much Better Shape, Will Pitch a Full Season This Year

The 2013 season was a disappointing one for top pitching prospect Luis Heredia. He was expected to make the jump to West Virginia early in the season, much like Jameson Taillon did back in 2011. He was going to get nearly a full season of pitching at an advanced level, with a chance to make some big strides with his game. Instead, Heredia came into camp out of shape, weighing 276 pounds and with a size 42 waist. Heredia was throwing...

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Fangraphs Releases Top 15 Pirates Prospects List
Feb27

Fangraphs Releases Top 15 Pirates Prospects List

Fangraphs has posted their top 15 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects list today and the beginning of the list is in line with what we saw yesterday from Jonathan Mayo and what we have posted here for our own rankings. The 1-8 spots are taken by(in order) Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Alen Hanson, Nick Kingham, Reese McGuire and Josh Bell. That was the same exact order that the composite list had yesterday...

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First Pitch: The Annual “West Virginia is the Team to Watch” Post
Feb27

First Pitch: The Annual “West Virginia is the Team to Watch” Post

Earlier today, Baseball Prospectus rated the Pittsburgh Pirates with the third best farm system in baseball. They’ve been rated in the top three by pretty much every outlet, so the ranking isn’t the big news that came out of that article. The most encouraging thing was that BP said the Pirates had the talent to remain a top three farm system for years to come, even after they graduate Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco to...

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Thirteen Pirates Prospects Rank Among Best At Their Positions
Feb22

Thirteen Pirates Prospects Rank Among Best At Their Positions

Baseball America released their position-by-position rankings of minor league prospects and thirteen Pittsburgh Pirates players made the cut. Right-handed pitchers and outfielders, as well as catchers, are all spots that are well-represented with Pirates prospects. Jameson Taillon was tops among Pirates right-handed pitchers, coming in at tenth place. Showing how deep the minors are in RHP, Tyler Glasnow was ranked 20th overall.  Nick...

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