First Pitch: Passing on Mark Appel Was a Great Decision For the Pirates
Mar03

First Pitch: Passing on Mark Appel Was a Great Decision For the Pirates

The Major League Baseball draft doesn’t allow you to go over your total bonus pool without some extreme penalties. These include the loss of future draft picks, as well as a 100 percent tax on the overage. If there was any team wondering if an individual player was worth those penalties, all they need to do is look at what happened with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mark Appel. Appel was the top prospect in the 2012 draft, but fell...

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Pirates Top Prospects Photos and Notes From Minor League Camp
Feb28

Pirates Top Prospects Photos and Notes From Minor League Camp

Minor League camp has started, although the full camp won’t start until next week. Right now it’s a lot of bullpens and batting practice, which means for me it’s a time to get a lot of pictures, videos, and watch those bullpens and batting practice. It was two years ago that Gregory Polanco really opened up my eyes as a breakout candidate with his work in batting practice, and especially with his work once live...

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Fangraphs Releases Top 15 Pirates Prospects List
Feb27

Fangraphs Releases Top 15 Pirates Prospects List

Fangraphs has posted their top 15 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects list today and the beginning of the list is in line with what we saw yesterday from Jonathan Mayo and what we have posted here for our own rankings. The 1-8 spots are taken by(in order) Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Alen Hanson, Nick Kingham, Reese McGuire and Josh Bell. That was the same exact order that the composite list had yesterday...

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First Pitch: The Annual “West Virginia is the Team to Watch” Post
Feb27

First Pitch: The Annual “West Virginia is the Team to Watch” Post

Earlier today, Baseball Prospectus rated the Pittsburgh Pirates with the third best farm system in baseball. They’ve been rated in the top three by pretty much every outlet, so the ranking isn’t the big news that came out of that article. The most encouraging thing was that BP said the Pirates had the talent to remain a top three farm system for years to come, even after they graduate Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco to...

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Composite List of Prospect Rankings Has Eight Pirates In Top 100
Feb26

Composite List of Prospect Rankings Has Eight Pirates In Top 100

Last week, Baseball America released their top 100 prospect list, putting seven Pirates on their top 100 list. Along with that, we mentioned four other major prospect rankings lists and where the Pirates players ended up on each list. Today, Jonathan Mayo made a composite list of those five lists and eight Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the top 95. If a player wasn’t listed in the top 100, Mayo used 101 as the default ranking...

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