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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Prospect Watch: Big Night For Keon Broxton, Alen Hanson and Mel Rojas Homer
Aug20

Prospect Watch: Big Night For Keon Broxton, Alen Hanson and Mel Rojas Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?
Aug08

Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft is a big topic every year. In the past, the draft has led to some big finds, such as Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, and of course Roberto Clemente. In recent years, the draft has been less likely to see impact guys get taken. This is a result of MLB allowing teams an extra year before players were eligible for the draft, which happened back in 2006. It’s pretty easy to fit eligible Rule 5 guys on a roster these days....

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Three Cases That Show It’s Not Always About Stats in the Minors
Jul19

Three Cases That Show It’s Not Always About Stats in the Minors

We focus a lot on the statistical side of things on this site. Whether that’s trying to put a number on a player’s trade value, looking past the ERA and projecting what a player could do based on his FIP numbers, or just focusing on how good or bad a player’s numbers are, the statistical approach is heavy. There’s a reason for that. The stats are extremely important. They tell you exactly how a player is doing...

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Prospect Report: Mel Rojas adjusts to the Triple-A level
Jun04

Prospect Report: Mel Rojas adjusts to the Triple-A level

When Chris Dickerson went on the disabled list last week with a heel injury, Mel Rojas, Jr. benefited by earning a promotion to Triple-A and his listed hometown of Indianapolis. “This is a good level to be on,” Rojas said. “There are a lot of guys with experience here and I am sure that I am going to learn a lot from them.” In his first Triple-A at bat, Rojas picked up an infield single. In his second game, on Sunday, he added a pair...

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