Pirates Go With Unusual Lineup in B Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates played a seven inning B-game against the Minnesota Twins today at Pirate City. As with any B-game, the contest was extremely informal. Innings ended if a pitcher reached his pitch count, regardless of how many outs there were, or how many runners were on base. Players batted out-of-order, and often a player was thrown in to the batting order at random spots. Throughout the game, players who weren’t...

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Prospects Soaking up First Big League Camp

BRADENTON — For Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman, Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer, getting the opportunity to put on their Major League uniforms at Pirate City is a new experience — it’s their first big league camp. The past two weeks the young prospects have been suiting up in the clubhouse for their first Spring Training workouts with the Major Leaguers. “It’s been great just putting on the big league uniform...

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Robbie Grossman Versus the Ideal Corner Outfielder

Almost all of the top 100 prospect lists have been released at this point, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having anywhere from four to six players on the lists. Most of the players listed had pretty consistent rankings across the board. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were both in the 8-16 range, and considered two of the top pitching prospects in the game. Starling Marte and Josh Bell usually ended up in the 40-70 range. Luis Heredia...

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Pirates Have Five in John Sickels Top 120

John Sickels, who runs MinorLeagueBall.com, has published his top 120 prospects for the 2012 season. Normally Sickels does separate lists for hitters and pitchers, although this year he combined them in to one big list. In the link above, Sickels provides some explanation for his rankings process. The big thing he notes is that he leans towards guys who are closer to the majors. Five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects ended up on the list....

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Six Pirates Rank in Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has released his top 101 prospects for the 2012 season, and in the biggest showing for the team yet, six Pittsburgh Pirates prospects have made the list. You can view the whole list here, as well as a brief explanation as to how Goldstein approaches his rankings. The top ranked player on the list was Gerrit Cole, who rated ninth overall. Cole was the fourth best pitcher on the list, and the third...

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