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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Top Performers: Harold Ramirez Is on Fire; Reese McGuire Has Strong Debut
Jul08

Top Performers: Harold Ramirez Is on Fire; Reese McGuire Has Strong Debut

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: Four Hit Game For Reese McGuire In Debut
Jul04

Prospect Watch: Four Hit Game For Reese McGuire In Debut

Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, Home Runs: Harold Ramirez, Luis Urena

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P3 Episode 12: Prospect Analysis on Jameson Taillon, Luis Heredia, and Tyler Glasnow
Jul03

P3 Episode 12: Prospect Analysis on Jameson Taillon, Luis Heredia, and Tyler Glasnow

Episode 12 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes minor league analysis from¬†James Santelli (@JamesSantelli), Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports), John Dreker (@JohnDreker) and myself (@timwilliamsP2) on the prospects in the Pirates’ system.¬†Highlights of the show include: **James Santelli covered the Altoona Curve last week, and wrote about Jameson Taillon in this article. James...

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First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working
Jun29

First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working

I’ve never been a fan of the new draft rules. I liked the old system where teams could spend whatever they wanted. I think if teams are allowed to spend whatever they want in free agency, then they should be able to spend whatever they want in the draft. I also never bought in to the fear that the Yankees and Red Sox could someday decide to pour all of their resources in the draft and out-spend the Pirates. The draft isn’t...

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