Pirates Invite Eight Players to Spring Training, Including Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie
Jan09

Pirates Invite Eight Players to Spring Training, Including Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that eight players have been invited to Spring Training, with some big name prospects among the group. Two of the players invited were pitchers Charlie Leesman and Wilfredo Boscan, both of whom just signed minor league deals. The other six players invited today are pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Adrian Sampson, first baseman Stetson Allie, infielder Gift Ngoepe and outfielders Mel Rojas Jr. and Keon...

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First Pitch: The Importance of Having Plenty of Pitching Prospects
Jan06

First Pitch: The Importance of Having Plenty of Pitching Prospects

I’ve never really believed in the “TINSTAAPP” line of thinking. That’s an acronym for “There is no such thing as a pitching prospect,” and maybe I don’t believe in it because some people take it too literally to avoid pitchers entirely. I also don’t like it, because I feel that pitchers are unfairly classified here. The idea behind this is that pitchers are no sure thing, in large part...

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First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week
Dec09

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects who will play in the upper levels are...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List
Nov06

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List

Three days worth of winter league recaps in this article. Monday was a slow day in winter ball, with one game in the Dominican and one in Venezuela. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were active in the Dominican, but three saw action in Venezuela. A.J. Morris pitched for the first time since October 14th and did not do well in his only inning. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out one batter. Morris got roughed up in two of his...

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Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia
Nov03

Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and he drove in two runs. He played center field and made his first start since last Sunday. Garcia is 11-for-28 with three walks and four strikeouts. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an outfield assist. He is now hitting .229 through 13 games. In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first at-bats since October 23rd. He went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a walk, plus he...

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