Do the Pirates Have a Top Farm System?

With the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell last night, the question has to be asked: where does the farm system rank in all of baseball?  I follow prospects throughout the game, and I see plenty of them when I’m on the road, but I can’t say I follow other systems enough to get a feel for how the Pirates stack up against the rest of the league.  However, you don’t have to follow other systems to...

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Let’s Not Carve Stetson Allie’s Career in Stone

A year ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have a single pitcher in the farm system with top of the rotation potential.  They had drafted Jameson Taillon in the first round, and signing him was almost a guarantee.  They also drafted Stetson Allie in the second round, although his addition wasn’t as guaranteed as Taillon.  By the time August rolled around, they signed both pitchers, and added top Mexican pitching...

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The View From the Booth: Joe Putnam

Starting this month, Pirates Prospects will be introducing a new feature to the site called “The View From the Booth”.  On the fourth Monday of every month, we will interview a different broadcaster from one of the minor league affiliates, getting their opinion on how the team they follow looks, as well as some insight on that level of the system.  With the 2011 draft recently taking place, and new players entering the...

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Stetson Allie Makes His Pro Debut

About two months ago, I covered Jameson Taillon’s pro debut in West Virginia.  It was raining that night, and Taillon’s outing was shortened as a result, with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect allowing a run on three hits in two innings, with two walks and no strikeouts.  Tonight, Stetson Allie made his pro debut in State College, and prior to the game, it looked like it could have been a repeat of...

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Lineups: State College vs Auburn

STATE COLLEGE — One hour to first pitch … Game: State College Spikes vs Auburn Doubledays, 7:05 p.m. Site: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Pitching: RHP Stetson Allie vs RHP Kelvin Lopez. Weather: 75 degrees. Overcast. Game Updates: My Twitter Feed Lineups: State College Spikes: 1. Taylor Lewis, CF 2. Justin Bencsko, RF 3. Carlos Mesa, DH 4. Samuel Gonzalez, C 5. Exicardo Cayonez, LF 6. Brian Sharp, 3B 7. Walker Gourley, 1B...

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