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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Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent
Mar03

Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent

Baseball Prospectus released their organization rankings of 25-and-Under Talent and the Pittsburgh Pirates were ranked fourth overall. This list differs from their top prospects list, because it includes players already in the majors, which adds Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata to the list. The Pirates are ranked behind three other National League teams, the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and the top-ranked St Louis...

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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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