First Pitch: The Pirates Are Stockpiling Shortstop Prospects
Jun22

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Stockpiling Shortstop Prospects

Today I was working on the GCL Preview, and noticed how many shortstops the Pirates have at the level. The main guy to watch this year will be 2014 first round pick Cole Tucker, although there are some other promising guys at the same level. Sam Kennelly received $225,000 out of Australia, and started the first two games while Tucker gets ready for his season to begin. Nelson Jorge was taken in the draft this year, and has the skills...

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2014 GCL Pirates Season Preview
Jun21

2014 GCL Pirates Season Preview

This GCL team has the most upside of any of the three short-season teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. The top prospects at the level include first round pick Cole Tucker, and second round picks Mitch Keller and Trey Supak. They also have Michael de la Cruz, who is the top international prospect making the jump from the US this year. That combination gives the GCL team four of the top 20 prospects in the overall system,...

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Pirates International Players Who Could Make the Jump to the US in 2014
Feb28

Pirates International Players Who Could Make the Jump to the US in 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of new international players in minor league camp this year, with 39 guys making the jump to the US for Spring Training. Not all of these players are guaranteed to stay in the US. There have been several cases where a player spends time in Spring Training, only to return to the DSL for the start of the season. However, it seems that in this case, the Pirates will have a lot of guys coming up,...

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International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted
Feb08

International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted

A couple international players have been mentioned recently with Pittsburgh Pirates scouts attached to their stories. One is a veteran with a long international track record, while the other would be part of the 2014 July 2nd signing class. The first is a player from Cuba, who may be one of those rare players from that country that are allowed to leave to pursue baseball elsewhere. Yulieski Gourriel is a 29-year-old third baseman, who...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Five Times In Victory
Jan27

Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Five Times In Victory

After Gregory Polanco’s last game in the playoffs, we used the title “Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Victory“. Just one game later, he one-upped himself, reaching base five times in Escogido’s 9-6 win. Polanco went 1-for-2, walking four times and hitting a ninth inning RBI single. He was a big part of his team’s offense, coming around to score on three of those walks. Escogido has now won three...

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