First Pitch: Instructional League Player Updates

Games are underway in the Florida Instructional Leagues, and ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel was covering the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon. Below are some tweets from McDaniel on today’s progress from some of the players, along with some of my notes below those tweets. Stetson Allie hit by another pitch and fouled one off his foot. I think there's a silent protest against him for his work on the mound. — Kiley...

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GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The Gulf Coast League is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. The parks are huge, and the weather can be brutal, playing at noon every day in Florida during some of the most humid months of the year. That’s one thing to keep in mind when looking at these stats. The good performances become even more impressive when you consider the pitcher friendly factors, and the poor performances come with that disclaimer...

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GCL Pirates Win First Gulf Coast League Championship in Franchise History

The GCL Pirates defeated the GCL Red Sox 5-2 today, winning their first ever Gulf Coast League Championship since the Pirates joined the Gulf Coast League in 1968. The Pirates were led by Tyler Glasnow, who threw four shutout innings, and Luis Urena, who hit a three run homer in the fourth inning for the eventual go-ahead run. Glasnow has been impressive this year, and had another great start today. The 2011 fifth round pick threw...

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GCL Pirates Advance to Gulf Coast League Championship

The Gulf Coast League playoffs began today with a one game Wild Card round. The GCL Pirates captured the Wild Card spot, and took on the GCL Cardinals in round one. The Pirates beat the Cardinals 1-0 to advance to the GCL Finals, where they will take on the GCL Red Sox. 2011 4th round pick Colten Brewer led the way with four shutout innings. Brewer gave up one walks and one hit, while striking out four. During the season, Brewer had a...

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GCL Pirates Notes: Herrera, Allie, Lopez, Jhang, Herrand

The last two days I watched the GCL Pirates in action, seeing a lot of the new draft picks and a lot of the lower level guys in action. The Pirates won 5-1 today, thanks to home runs from Dilson Herrera and Luis Urena, along with good pitching from Cesar Lopez. Below are some notes on some of the players who stood out this afternoon, plus pictures of each player. Cesar Lopez - The Pirates signed Lopez out of Cuba for $600 K. At the...

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