Winter Leagues: Ramirez Debuts Today, Polanco Update
Nov08

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Debuts Today, Polanco Update

Gregory Polanco has missed the last couple games, plus his team has had two days off this week, so fans were getting a little anxious about his absence. Finally got word that he has been out with the flu, which has knocked a handful of his teammates out of action as well. Polanco is also dealing with some personal family issues, but he should be back in the lineup soon. UPDATE: That soon came very soon. Polanco will be in the lineup...

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Winter League Recap: Andrew Lambo and Harold Ramirez Will Play Winter Ball
Oct23

Winter League Recap: Andrew Lambo and Harold Ramirez Will Play Winter Ball

It was a light day for Pittsburgh Pirates playing Winter ball on Tuesday, but there is news about a few noteworthy players that will be taking part in Winter ball this year. Matt Hague went 1-for-3 with a run scored, leaving the game early, as his team lost 18-8. They gave up 17 runs in the first six innings, then sat most of their regulars. Hague is 5-for-15 so far, with a double and home run. Leones del Escogido was rained out...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster
Sep10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster

The Fall Instructional Leagues (“instructs”) will start at the end of this month, starting on September 16th and ending October 19th. Instructs is a time for the minor league players to review their 2013 seasons, add new pitches, refine old pitches, or add new positions on the field. It’s also a chance to get extra playing time, with games taking place against other teams, similar to minor league Spring Training. The...

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DSL Pirates 2013: Ten Prospects to Watch
Aug30

DSL Pirates 2013: Ten Prospects to Watch

Complete DSL Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Ten Prospects to Watch Last Year’s Ten Prospects to Watch As I mention every time I do these things, it is a lot more difficult to predict the top prospects at this level than it is at any other level. This season I have been fortunate enough to get much more input on the players. So rather than relying solely on things like bonuses, age/size, initial scouting reports when they sign...

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DSL Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Hitters
Aug30

DSL Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Hitters

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a successful season in the DSL this year. Their one affiliate made the playoffs and the other one finished well above the .500 mark. When you consider that most teams only have enough players to fill one roster and some of those teams aren’t even good, you realize that there is probably some talent in the ranks for the Pirates. They had strong pitching all year long, with some impressive numbers put up...

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