Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?
Aug08

Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft is a big topic every year. In the past, the draft has led to some big finds, such as Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, and of course Roberto Clemente. In recent years, the draft has been less likely to see impact guys get taken. This is a result of MLB allowing¬†teams an extra year before players were eligible for the draft, which happened back in 2006. It’s pretty easy to fit eligible Rule 5 guys on a roster these days....

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Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Elias Diaz Get Some Good Recognition
Aug07

Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Elias Diaz Get Some Good Recognition

Baseball America has been rolling out their annual Best Tools lists for every level, and has a few members of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization recognized. The MLB version saw Andrew McCutchen named as the second best hitter, the best strike zone judgment, the third best base runner, and the most exciting player. Edinson Volquez was also named with the third best fastball, behind Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel, which was...

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Top 10 Hitters: A Sleeper Catching Prospect in the Lower Levels
Aug05

Top 10 Hitters: A Sleeper Catching Prospect in the Lower Levels

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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Prospect Watch: Rafael Perez Has Another Strong Outing, Garcia and Osuna Extend Hit Streaks
Aug02

Prospect Watch: Rafael Perez Has Another Strong Outing, Garcia and Osuna Extend Hit Streaks

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ¬†Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Prospect Highlights: Big Hit From Lambo, Garcia Homers Again
Aug02

Prospect Highlights: Big Hit From Lambo, Garcia Homers Again

Yesterday, we took a good look at Willy Garcia and his current hot streak despite poor plate patience and high strikeouts. On Friday, he continued that streak in a big way, hitting his 16th homer, while also adding two doubles. The home run tied him for the most among Pirates’ minor league players, pulling him even with JaCoby Jones. The two doubles gave him 24 on the year, one behind Chris McGuiness in the organization. Garcia...

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