Minor League Playoff Watch: Four Affiliates In the Hunt
Aug24

Minor League Playoff Watch: Four Affiliates In the Hunt

The Pittsburgh Pirates organization has four teams that are in the playoff hunt right now. Starting from the top on down, they are the Indianapolis Indians, West Virginia Power, Jamestown Jammers, GCL Pirates and then there is the DSL Pirates2, who already clinched their spot Friday. In an earlier article, we took a look at the possible promotions that could be made for each team as the season winds down, reinforcing these teams for a...

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P3 Episode 18: Prospect Talk With Pirates Farm Director Larry Broadway
Aug23

P3 Episode 18: Prospect Talk With Pirates Farm Director Larry Broadway

Episode 18 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. We moved the major league show back this week, due to James Santelli being on the West Coast covering the Pirates. Instead, I was joined by Pirates Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway, who discussed several of the top prospects in the system. Highlights of the show include: **We were recording at McKechnie Field in Bradenton during a rain...

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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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Prospect Notebook: What Remaining Minor League Promotions Can We Expect?
Aug17

Prospect Notebook: What Remaining Minor League Promotions Can We Expect?

Normally there are certain time periods for a mass wave of minor league promotions. There’s the pre-season, where players start at new levels. The next wave comes around the middle of June, which is the half way point for the five month minor league season. There can be individual promotions here and there surrounding that period, but you don’t see those chain reaction moves where everyone is shifting up a level until...

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Prospect Notebook: Consistency is the Key For Alen Hanson
Aug11

Prospect Notebook: Consistency is the Key For Alen Hanson

Alen Hanson got off to a rough start in Bradenton this year. The shortstop was coming off a breakout year in 2012, which put him on almost every top 100 prospect list, and on a lot of top 50 lists. The Pirates had a long-term hole at shortstop to start the year, and Hanson looked like the best chance to fill that with an impact player. Yet his first ten games in Bradenton weren’t pretty. Coming in to the year the main questions...

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