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 Bristol Pirates Season Preview
Jun19

2014 Bristol Pirates Season Preview

Over the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates added a new short-season team, joining the Appalachian League with the franchise in Bristol. The Appalachian League uses the MLB team names, and thus, the Bristol Pirates were born. The Pirates will only have one DSL team this year, rather than two in previous years. Because of this, they have essentially moved their second international team to the US. This can be shown by the large number...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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GCL Notes: First Impressions of Shortstop Trae Arbet
Jun27

GCL Notes: First Impressions of Shortstop Trae Arbet

The GCL Pirates played the GCL Phillies this afternoon at Pirate City. The Phillies scored six runs in the fourth inning, which was enough to lead them to a 6-3 win. For the first week of the GCL season I’ve been focused more on getting pictures of all of the players down here, so that I’ll have those for the rest of the season. However, I did take some notes today. I also got to see Trae Arbet in the field for the first...

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GCL Notes: Curry and Mathisen Rehabbing; Draft Picks Easing Into Games
Jun22

GCL Notes: Curry and Mathisen Rehabbing; Draft Picks Easing Into Games

The GCL Pirates played their first home game today, winning 3-2 against the GCL Yankees. I didn’t focus on the game as much today, since most of my focus was on getting pictures. I’d rather get that out of the way early in the season, and focus more on the games after this first week. That’s not to say I didn’t follow what was happening in the game. It just means when the game was over I only knew the Pirates...

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