Daily Prospect Profile: Wes Freeman

The $150 K bonus that the Pittsburgh Pirates gave to Wes Freeman in the 2008 draft wasn’t as big as some of the other bonuses they gave out, such as the $1 M they gave to Robbie Grossman, or the $900 K they gave to Quinton Miller.  However, the bonus was pretty big for a 16th round draft pick.  At the time, Freeman was considered very raw, but was touted for his strong frame, and his power potential. Three years later and not...

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2011 State College Spikes Preview: Position Players

The State College Spikes begin their season tonight.  Below is a look at the position players who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes’ roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the pitchers. Catcher The Spikes have three catchers on their opening day roster: Derek Trent, Matthew Skirving, and Samuel Gonzalez.  There’s no obvious starter, although I’d expect Trent and Gonzalez to get the bulk of the...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: The Outfield

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 West Virginia Power infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ low-A affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we’ll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in West Virginia this season. The Top Prospects The biggest outfield prospect who will...

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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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Notes: Brock Holt, Jack Taschner, Matt McSwain, Catchers

Some afternoon notes… -First, a an update on the notes from over the weekend.  I mentioned that the Pirates were on the hook for the rest of Jack Taschner’s salary.  Since Taschner has less than five years of service time, he isn’t guaranteed the rest of his salary, which saves the Pirates a little less than $500 K. -Brock Holt does not have a torn MCL and will not require surgery. That might even mean he...

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