Young Prospects Require Patience

I’ve always had a certain approach when it came to evaluating prospects out of high school.  Too often, you see them evaluated by fans with the same expectations you see given to college players.  If a prospect isn’t above the high-A level three years after he’s drafted, it’s seen as a disappointment.  If the prospect struggles at all, people want to write him off.  In rare cases, such as most first rounders,...

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Who Would Be Your Minor League Hitter of the Year?

I asked on Twitter today who people would pick as their minor league hitter and pitcher of the year this year, if the season ended today.  The almost unanimous decision for the pitcher was Kyle McPherson.  That’s a good choice, as McPherson has a 2.86 ERA in 116.1 innings, along with a 103:17 K/BB ratio.  As for the hitting side, it wasn’t as clear cut.  The majority were split between Matt Curry and Matt Hague, although...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Robbie Grossman

When the Pittsburgh Pirates paid Robbie Grossman a $1 M bonus as a sixth round pick, his 2011 season might not have been what they envisioned, but it certainly is something they would have taken.  Grossman has put up a .286/.422/.416 line in 339 at-bats this year, with seven homers and 19 stolen bases.  This follows a 2010 season in which Grossman had a .245/.344/.345 line in 470 at-bats, along with four homers and 15 stolen bases,...

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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Hitters

The second in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Hitter prospects in the full-season leagues.

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Interview with Jim Callis from Baseball America

Two weeks ago, Tim Williams asked the loyal readers of Pirates Prospects for their input on the site and what we can do to improve it.  One of the comments was that readers would like to see a national, objective viewpoint on some Pirate prospects.  This was an excellent idea as there is the danger of being in an “echo chamber” where everyone says the same thing and a hive-mind develops. To that end, Pirates Prospects went...

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