First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Getting Hammered With Injuries
Apr08

First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Getting Hammered With Injuries

The success of a farm system depends on a lot of things. You need good drafting. You need to sign talented players in the international ranks. You need good scouts to identify talent in both places. After the players are in the system, you need to develop them. But even with all of the things that can be controlled, you still need luck to have a successful farm system. Part of that luck involves keeping everyone healthy. The Pirates...

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Pirates Have Four Players Among Youngest In Their League
Apr06

Pirates Have Four Players Among Youngest In Their League

J.J Cooper from Baseball America posted the lists of the ten youngest players in each league and four players in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system made the top ten in their league. Gregory Polanco is the sixth youngest in the International League. Alen Hanson ranks ninth in the Eastern League. Jin-De Jhang ranks tenth in the Florida State League. You won’t see Reese McGuire on the list(unless it gets updated), but he is...

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Bradenton Marauders Announce Opening Day Roster
Mar31

Bradenton Marauders Announce Opening Day Roster

The Bradenton Marauders have announced their 2014 Opening Day roster. Among the top prospects to begin the season with the team are right fielder Josh Bell and catcher Jin-De Jhang. Pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who ranks third among prospects in the system, should join the team in 2-3 weeks once he recovers from a minor back injury that occurred during Spring Training. Clay Holmes was scheduled to make the team, but he will miss the entire...

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John Sickels Releases Top 20 Pirates Prospect List
Mar25

John Sickels Releases Top 20 Pirates Prospect List

Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels has released his list of the Pittsburgh Pirates Top 20 Prospects. No surprises at the top, as Gregory Polanco sits in the first spot, followed by Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows.  Sickels has the same ten prospects in the top ten that almost every other list has, just a slightly different order. In spots 5-10, he has Nick Kingham, Josh Bell, Alen Hanson, Luis Heredia, Reese...

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First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects
Mar24

First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects

Every year around this time I start gathering information to prepare for the season previews at each minor league level. A big part of that involves trying to figure out where players will start, and which players might be promoted throughout the year. One of the things I hear constantly from the Pirates, whether it’s front office members or coaches, is that it’s not how a prospect starts, it’s how he finishes. For...

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