2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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Top Performers: Buckner Showing Off His Power; Hanson Heating Up in Altoona
Aug26

Top Performers: Buckner Showing Off His Power; Hanson Heating Up in Altoona

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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Prospect Watch: Bell Hits 12th Homer; Strong Starts For Rodriguez and Creasy
Aug22

Prospect Watch: Bell Hits 12th Homer; Strong Starts For Rodriguez and Creasy

Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, HR: Josh Bell, Jimmy Rider, Nick Buckner

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GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios
Aug20

GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios

The Pittsburgh Pirates took right-handed pitcher Billy Roth in the 16th round of the 2013 draft, giving him a $190,000 bonus, which amounted to $90,000 against the draft pool. Roth was a highly rated prep pitching prospect with a clean delivery, a fastball that could touch 92 MPH, and a sharp breaking ball. Coming into today’s start he had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings on the season. Today was the first time I had a chance to see...

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GCL Notes: First Looks at Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner
Jul10

GCL Notes: First Looks at Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner

The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Blue Jays 9-8 today in a game that featured 28 hits, including 12 extra base hits. Today was the first time I had a chance to see first round pick Austin Meadows and 14th round pick Nick Buckner. I’ve got thoughts on those two players below, along with thoughts on first rounder Reese McGuire, who I’ve seen several times now. Austin Meadows Meadows went 1-for-4 on the day with a single. He just...

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