First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week
Dec09

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects who will play in the upper levels are...

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Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?
Nov19

Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to protect players from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, the basic rundown is that players are eligible to be selected by another team in their fourth or fifth Rule 5 draft (depending on when they signed), unless they are added to the 40-man roster. If a player was 18 or younger in his signing year, he is eligible for his fifth Rule 5 draft. A player who is 19 and...

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2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep17

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year. The...

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2014 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep16

2014 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Despite a strong start to the season, Indianapolis seemed to hit a wall in July. After earning a hefty advantage in the International League West early, Indianapolis finished six games behind Columbus and missed the playoffs. While the last two seasons they had made the playoffs, Indianapolis had been an early exit due to the Pirates being competitive late in the season. This season, injuries at the big league level and several...

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First Pitch: Who Will the Pirates Call Up When Rosters Expand?
Aug27

First Pitch: Who Will the Pirates Call Up When Rosters Expand?

In a little less than a week, rosters will expand around baseball, allowing teams to carry up to 40 guys on the active roster, being limited to anyone on the 40-man roster. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, this will almost certainly mean the arrival of some bullpen arms to help out, along with some extra bench players, and the return of Gregory Polanco. Rosters expand on September 1st, at which point we should see a lot of moves (Polanco...

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