Pirate City Notes: Buddy Borden, Chad Kuhl, Erich Weiss, JaCoby Jones
Mar20

Pirate City Notes: Buddy Borden, Chad Kuhl, Erich Weiss, JaCoby Jones

The A-ball teams were in action at Pirate City today, playing the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. The highlights were 2013 draft picks Buddy Borden and Chad Kuhl pitching four innings each, along with Jeff Locke and Mark Melancon getting some work in, with each pitcher throwing two innings to start the game. Here are some notes from the day’s action. Tim Williams **I was mostly focused on Buddy Borden today, as this was the first...

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Wyatt Mathisen, Erich Weiss, and the Reese McGuire Domino Effect
Mar20

Wyatt Mathisen, Erich Weiss, and the Reese McGuire Domino Effect

On Tuesday we learned that Wyatt Mathisen would be making the move from behind the plate to third base in West Virginia during the 2014 season. That move is largely due to the presence of top catching prospect Reese McGuire. The Pirates drafted McGuire in the first round this past season, and he will see the bulk of the defensive work behind the plate. The Pirates wanted to get Mathisen everyday at-bats. They also didn’t think...

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Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)
Mar17

Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)

Luis Heredia going up against top 30 hitting prospects Barrett Barnes, Wyatt Mathisen, Reese McGuire, and Harold Ramirez in today’s intrasquad game at Pirate City. For notes on Heredia, check out this article.

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The Pirates Minor League Catcher Roster Crunch Appears to be Solved
Mar12

The Pirates Minor League Catcher Roster Crunch Appears to be Solved

The Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had a roster crunch at the catcher position in the lower levels heading into the 2014 season. 2013 first round pick Reese McGuire was expected to make the jump to full season ball in West Virginia. Wyatt Mathisen started the 2013 season in West Virginia, but suffered a partially torn labrum early in the season, and was out of action by the end of April. His numbers struggled in his time at the...

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Reese McGuire Named One of the Top Defensive Catchers in the Minors
Mar03

Reese McGuire Named One of the Top Defensive Catchers in the Minors

Baseball Prospectus was definitely the highest outlets in ranking Reese McGuire, having him rated as the 59th best prospect in their top 100 list. That might be due to the fact that McGuire is seen as a strong defensive catcher, and BP seems to have a better understanding of the real value of catcher defense. BP has been releasing their top minor league tools list, and named McGuire as a player considered for the top defensive catcher...

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