Should the Pirates Have More Top 50 Prospects?

The MLB.com top 50 prospect list came out yesterday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates only had one player on the list, with Jameson Taillon coming in at the #18 spot.  With the Pirates focusing on the draft the last few years, the question of whether the Pirates should have had more players in the top 50 needs to be asked. The Pirates have put the bulk of their focus on the middle round, over-slot prep players since Neal Huntington took...

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Jameson Taillon Finishes 18th on MLB.com’s Rankings

MLB.com released their top 50 prospects for the 2011 season tonight, and Jameson Taillon rated 18th on the list.  Taillon was the only Pirates prospect named to the list.  You can see the full list here, and the write up of Taillon is here.  The Pirates were one of 18 teams to have just one player in the top 50. The Baseball America top 100 rankings has come out at the end of February during the last two years.  I could see Taillon...

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Pirates Invite Five to Spring Training

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have invited five more players to Spring Training.  The new non-roster invitees are catchers Tony Sanchez and Eric Fryer, infielders Chase D’Arnaud and Brian Friday, and outfielder Andrew Lambo.  Friday is the only one of the group that I think has any shot of making the team, although I don’t think he has a good shot, as he’s behind Pedro Ciriaco and Josh...

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Tony Sanchez to have LASIK surgery

Just a little nugget of news on a slow January day. Tony Sanchez tweeted the following this afternoon.

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up last week, finishing off the 2010 seasons of seven Pittsburgh Pirates prospects.  The season gets a lot of attention for being one of the most prestigious off-season leagues.  That’s because the league is mostly made up of players from the AA or AAA level.  That gives some players additional or first time experience against talent at the higher levels, while giving other players the chance to...

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