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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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/24/11

PLAYER PROFILE: ROBBIE GROSSMAN In 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates made one of their first big late round over-slot signings under Neal Huntington when they gave outfielder Robbie Grossman a $1 M bonus as a sixth round pick, signing him away from a commitment to the University of Texas.  Had Grossman attended Texas, he would have been a junior this year, eligible for the 2011 draft.  Instead, he signed, and didn’t put up the best...

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Bradenton Marauders Game Recap: 5/10/11

First of four games I’ll be attending with the Marauders in Tampa against the hated Yankees. OK, maybe these aren’t THE hated Yankees, but they do have a silly “TY” (Tampa Yankees) on their hats that is a bit annoying. As in the last couple game reports I’ve had, the pitching was much more interesting than the hitting, so let’s start there. Jeff Inman started tonight and really impressed me. As you...

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Bradenton Marauders Game Report: 4/15/11

Déjà vu. In the first Marauders game that I attended in April 2010 against the Fort Myers Miracle, a tall, right-handed pitcher acquired in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal with the Mariners threw a bunch of flat, 89-91 MPH fastballs and got hit around pretty good. In the first Marauders game that I attended in April 2011 against the Fort Myers Miracle, a tall, right-handed pitcher acquired in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal with the...

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Five Things That Need to Change

Yesterday I took a look at the early results from the minor league system, focusing on five players who need to continue their early season success in order to help the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Today, the focus will be on five players who are off to bad starts, who the Pirates need help from, both in the short term and in the long term.  Just like yesterday, I’ll point out that it’s way too early in the season to analyze any...

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