Brooks Pounders a top GCL Prospect

Baseball America has started releasing their top 20 prospects in each league. Today they started with the Gulf Coast League. The only Pittsburgh Pirates prospect to make the list was Brooks Pounders, who came in ranked number 15. They mention that Trent Stevenson missed the list due to not having a minimum amount of innings. Pounders pitched 24 innings in the GCL, allowing a 3.04 ERA, a 20:11 K/BB ratio, and a .218 BAA. The goal of...

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The 2009 GCL Pirates Season Recap

The Gulf Coast League is the start of the development process for most draft prospects. It is a 16 team league, and one of two rookie leagues above the VSL, DSL, and ASL. In the case of the Pirates, the GCL games are played in the Pirates’ Spring Training complex in Bradenton, with the bulk of the players coming from the VSL, DSL, and the draft. The main focus of the league isn’t so much on winning, but instruction and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/28/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates signed four prep pitchers to above slot deals. The only player to make his debut so far has been Trent Stevenson. Stevenson has gradually increased his workload in his first five outings, starting with one inning pitched in the first, two in the second, three innings in the third outing, four in his fourth outing, and five innings tonight. The process seems like a good way to ease the prep...

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2009 Draft by the Numbers

The 2009 draft pick signing deadline passed last night at midnight, with the Pirates standing pat with 23 players picked. Check out the Draft Pick Signing Tracker to see who the Pirates signed, as well as announced bonuses. I’ve also updated my spreadsheet with announced bonus information from every team, as well as the round by round signing status for every team. A few important notes on this: 1. The bonus amounts aren’t...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/17/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Louisville -Jose Tabata went 2 for 3 with a stolen base. He apparently left with a leg injury.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4. Other Game Notes: Erik Kratz went 1 for 3 with a homer. Jeff Clement went 1 for 3 with two walks. Virgil Vasquez pitched six innings, allowing five runs on ten hits. AA Altoona was off today. A+ Lynchburg was off...

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