Young Prospects Require Patience

I’ve always had a certain approach when it came to evaluating prospects out of high school.  Too often, you see them evaluated by fans with the same expectations you see given to college players.  If a prospect isn’t above the high-A level three years after he’s drafted, it’s seen as a disappointment.  If the prospect struggles at all, people want to write him off.  In rare cases, such as most first rounders,...

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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Starting Pitchers

The first in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Starting Pitcher prospects in the full-season leagues.

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Minor League Updates: Miller, Moreno, Rinku, Hart, Perez

Some roster updates in the minor league system: -Diego Moreno has been placed on the disabled list in Altoona with right shoulder soreness.  The move is as of 6/23.  Moreno had a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings with Altoona, along with a 14:3 K/BB ratio. -Quinton Miller was placed on the disabled list in Bradenton with an unknown injury on 6/24. -Rinku Singh was promoted from the GCL to State College today.  Jordan Cooper was moved to the GCL...

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Grading the Results from the Fastball Academy

Every pitcher must pitch off their fastball and you would think that reinforcing the location of it would be a first step for every organization. Most likely it is, but the Pirates have placed extra emphasis on it.

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The Progress of the Prep Players

Let’s take a look at two prep players from the 2008 draft: Career Numbers Player A – 4.95 ERA in 132.2 career innings.  5.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9 ratios. Player B – 4.14 ERA in 215.1 career innings.  6.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9 ratios. 2011 Numbers Player A – 27.00 ERA in 3.1 innings. 8.1 K/9, 5.4 BB/9, 0.0 HR/9 ratios. Player B – 2.55 ERA in 49.1 innings.  8.9 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9 ratios. In each...

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