Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects
Oct14

Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2013 Eastern League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had three players on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Nick Kingham were all ranked, with the latter two playing the second half of the season at the level. Taillon was ranked sixth overall in the league, and the third best pitcher. Baseball America noted that his changeup improved to the point that some rate it...

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Polanco, Kingham, and Hanson Are Top Prospects in the FSL
Oct07

Polanco, Kingham, and Hanson Are Top Prospects in the FSL

Baseball America released their top prospects from the 2013 Florida State League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have three players on the list. Gregory Polanco, Nick Kingham, and Alen Hanson all made the top 20, giving the Pirates three players on a top 20 list for the first time this season. Polanco was the first prospect ranked, and came in fourth overall. Baseball America noted that the biggest question with Polanco is his power...

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Pirates Have Six in John Sickels’ Top 75 Prospects
Sep29

Pirates Have Six in John Sickels’ Top 75 Prospects

John Sickels released his top 75 prospects for the end of the season, and had six Pirates on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, Alen Hanson, and Reese McGuire all made the list, with several in the top 50. Jameson Taillon was the first prospect ranked, ending up 12th on the list. Taijuan Walker, Archie Bradley, and Noah Syndergaard ranked ahead of Taillon, making him the fourth pitcher on the...

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The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change
Sep10

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected...

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Command of his own Kingham
Sep09

Command of his own Kingham

When Neal Huntington was named Pittsburgh Pirates general manager on September 25, 2007, he set out a plan to “flood the system with talent at all levels.” That plan included drafting high school pitchers that had strong commitments to some of the best college baseball programs in the country, costing more money. Big pitchers, big arms. High school pitchers are seen as boom or bust. They are projectable with unlimited potential,...

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