2014 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep28

2014 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Coming into the season, the GCL Pirates looked like a very interesting roster, with a lot of the best picks from the 2014 draft, along with several interesting players making the jump from the DSL. Not every player worked out, but the GCL roster lived up to the hype. The result at the end of the year as one of the strongest prospect groups of any team in the system. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed...

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Morning Report: Comparing Last Year’s Group to This Year
Sep24

Morning Report: Comparing Last Year’s Group to This Year

Yesterday, we gave scouting reports on all 15 of the new players over from the Dominican Summer League. Today, we take a look at the group of 15 that came over last year for the Fall Instructional League and how they handled the jump to the States. The players that come over from the DSL to the FIL usually return to Bradenton for Spring Training and for the most part, it gives you a good indication of the players that the team thinks...

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Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 DSL Top Ten Prospect List
Aug25

Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 DSL Top Ten Prospect List

Back in 2012, we posted a top ten prospect list for the Pirates players in the Dominican Summer League. With the DSL season ending last Saturday, it’s time to see how these players have progressed in the last two years. This list was based of a combination of scouting reports, stats, player’s size and age, as well as their signing bonus. Each of the last two seasons, we have been able to get a lot more first-hand scouting...

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Morning Report: High-Priced Arm Has a Tough Debut
Aug14

Morning Report: High-Priced Arm Has a Tough Debut

Down in the Gulf Coast League on Wednesday afternoon, 11th round draft pick Gage Hinsz quietly made his pro debut. He went 1.2 innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on two hits and one walk, with one strikeout. His first inning started out rough, though it wasn’t totally his fault. Before he knew it, one batter had reached on an error, then moved up on a passed ball, before scoring on a double. Hinsz gave up another double and...

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Update on Michael De La Cruz
Aug07

Update on Michael De La Cruz

Prior to this season, we rated Michael de la Cruz as the 20th best prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system and with good reason, he put up extremely impressive numbers in the DSL last year. That led to praise from scouts that saw him play, which put him atop our top DSL prospects list and Baseball America mentioned him as one of the top 20 players from the DSL/VSL last year. He was also named as a possible International breakout...

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