First Pitch: Some Tough Questions to Answer in the Upcoming Prospect Rankings

A question I get a lot these days is “why isn’t Stetson Allie in your top 20?” The answer is that we don’t update the top 20 until after the MLB draft. The rankings that we display on the Prospect Watch each night are the pre-season rankings. There have been a few changes. Stolmy Pimentel was added when Justin Wilson made the majors at the start of the year. Pimentel wasn’t in the system when we compiled...

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Top Performers: Nick Kingham Continues His Impressive Season With Bradenton

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

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Prospect Watch: Glasnow Continues to Strike Everyone Out; Karstens Rehabs

Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, HR: Brett Carroll, Josh Harrison, Jerry Sands, Andrew Lambo, Gift Ngoepe, Stetson Allie

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Minor League Schedule: Karstens and Glasnow Headline Saturday’s Games

5/18/13 Starters: Kris Johnson, Jeff Karstens, Adrian Sampson, Tyler Glasnow, John Kuchno

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Prospect Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

It’s received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles. ¬†Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who could be useful in the majors under the right circumstances, usually injuries. ¬†Indianapolis is no different this year. ¬†Although minor league W/L records...

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