Six Questions With Maurice Bankston

The Pirates drafted Maurice Bankston in the 8th round of the 2007 draft out of Texarkana Community College. The 6′ 4″ righty signed early enough to get in some innings in the GCL. In 2008 he was a starting pitcher at State College before an injury shut him down in early August. He started the 2009 season with West Virginia and pitched better than the previous season but was sent back to State College once their season...

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Jonathan Herrand Touching 96-97 MPH

Yesterday, Baseball America released their figures from the 2010 international signing class, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates spent an estimated $5 M on international bonuses in 2010, which was the fourth most in the majors.  Ben Badler of Baseball America also released a review of the signings in the NL Central (subscribers only).  One interesting part came in the discussion of right handed pitcher Jonathan Herrand. Herrand was...

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Gerrit Cole Tracker

GERRIT COLE SP, UCLA Age: 20 Born: September 8, 1990 Height: 6′ 4″ Weight: 215 Bats: Right Throws: Right Class: Junior Level: NCAA Advisor: Scott Boras Links: All Gerrit Cole Posts SCOUTING REPORT Cole was a former first round pick, selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2008 draft. Cole has a big frame, at 6’ 4”, 215 pounds, and uses that frame to throw a 93-96 MPH fastball, which tops out at 97-98...

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Matt Purke Tracker

MATT PURKE SP, Texas Christian University Age: 20 Born: July 17, 1990 Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 175 Bats: Left Throws: Left Class: Sophomore Level: NCAA Advisor: Peter Vescovo Links: All Matt Purke Posts SCOUTING REPORT Purke was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2009 draft, but decided to go to college and re-enter the draft in 2011 as a draft eligible sophomore. The 6’ 3”, 180 pound left hander put up a...

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2011 Top Pirates Prospects: #1 – Jameson Taillon

The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide was released last week, featuring 237 prospect reports, interviews with Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Zack Dodson, the 2011 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, the top ten prospects will be released on the site. Be sure to purchase your copy of...

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