First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?
Jun27

First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?

I was on ESPN 970 this afternoon with David Todd, discussing our top ten prospects, and a few other topics in the minor league system. You can listen to the segment here. Towards the end, David asked me if it seemed like something was different this year in the minor league system. The Pirates have started to get a lot of attention this year for the quality of their farm system. Nearly every outlet that grades prospects has the...

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Prospect Watch: Lambo Hits His 20th; Barnes Hits Third Homer in a Week
Jun26

Prospect Watch: Lambo Hits His 20th; Barnes Hits Third Homer in a Week

Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, HR: Andrew Lambo, Adalberto Santos, Barrett Barnes, Yhonathan Barrios

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Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?
Jun26

Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?

For years the Pirates have gone with a strategy of drafting projectable prep pitchers in the middle rounds, giving them above-slot bonuses, and hoping they develop into a great pitcher one day. There are plenty of examples of this happening. Go through the history of top college pitchers and you’ll find tons of guys who were either drafted low out of high school, or weren’t even drafted at all. Perhaps the biggest example...

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First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH
Jun23

First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH

This week’s podcast went up today, and on the show we talked about whether Gregory Polanco or Jameson Taillon should come up in September. The argument for Taillon was that the Pirates should be “all hands on deck”, and he could provide value out of the bullpen with a 99 MPH fastball and a plus curveball. At one point in the conversation, I mentioned something along the lines of how the Pirates don’t have a...

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Prospect Watch: Barnes With a Big Day, Jhang Homers Again
Jun22

Prospect Watch: Barnes With a Big Day, Jhang Homers Again

Top Pitcher: Lance Breedlove, Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, Home Runs: Dilson Herrera, Jin-De Jhang, Felix Pie, Danny Collins, Barrett Barnes

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