Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela
Dec12

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela

In Australia on Friday, Sam Kennelly made his season debut and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the eighth inning. He played second base and handled all three chances in the field cleanly. Kennelly signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 for $225,000 and at 18 years old, he is one of the youngest players in the Australian Baseball League. What stands out about that is that this is his third year playing in the league....

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Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet
Sep22

Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet

Back in 2011, I took a look at all the amateur free agent players signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Australia. In the article, which can be read here, I said that it didn’t look like the Pirates signed any top prospects yet out of Australia, but the players seemed to be getting better each year. That stayed true the next year when the Pirates signed shortstop Sam Kennelly and pitcher Nick Hutchings. Those two are the best...

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Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base
Sep05

Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base

Today is the 78th birthday of Pittsburgh Pirates’ legendary second baseman Bill Mazeroski, so what better day to take a quick look at the depth at second base in the Pirates’ system. As a side note, you can read a bio of Mazeroski here, which was posted two years ago today on the blog site. The depth at second base obviously starts with Alen Hanson, who is the only top prospect among second baseman in the system right now....

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Prospect Highlights: A.J. Morris, Cole Tucker and More From Thursday’s GCL Game
Aug08

Prospect Highlights: A.J. Morris, Cole Tucker and More From Thursday’s GCL Game

Today we have multiple highlights from yesterday’s GCL Pirates 10-1 win over the Braves. I’ll briefly go through the players and let the videos do most of the talking, because there are a lot of players here to take a look at. All videos are courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page. A.J. Morris threw three shutout innings in his fourth rehab appearance. He was pitching great for Altoona and then Indianapolis, until a forearm...

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Prospect Highlights: Two Young Players From Australia Seeing Time With the GCL Pirates
Jul27

Prospect Highlights: Two Young Players From Australia Seeing Time With the GCL Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have two 18-year-old players from Australia making their pro debuts in the Gulf Coast League this year. If you follow the site closely, both players have been mentioned here often because they have played Winter ball, including stints in the Australian Baseball League, playing against competition that is usually much older and much more advanced. The league has some players with Major League experience, as well...

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