Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises
Oct14

Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises

Baseball America released their top 20 list for the Eastern League today and two three Pittsburgh Pirates players were on the list. Two surprises are on the list and they are the top Pirates, a pair you would not suspect. You can see the list here and the scouting reports are linked below. The two players on the list were catcher Elias Diaz in the tenth spot and outfielder Willy Garcia in the 17th spot. I wouldn’t call Diaz a...

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Highlights From Thursday’s Action in the Fall Instructional League
Sep18

Highlights From Thursday’s Action in the Fall Instructional League

The Fall Instructional League started this week and the Pittsburgh Pirates played their first home game on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. We posted the schedule for the league and the roster for team one for the Pirates. A second team will begin play on Saturday and an updated roster should be out soon. No scores are kept in these Instructional League games, but I was told the Pirates bats were doing a lot of damage. Adrian...

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Morning Report: The Altoona Prospects Should Provide Plenty of Help for Pirates
Sep18

Morning Report: The Altoona Prospects Should Provide Plenty of Help for Pirates

Yesterday, we took a look at the top ten prospects for Indianapolis and mentioned how the bottom of the AAA list almost always looks weak compared to other levels. I pointed out that other levels usually have guys that seem like top ten prospects, but they get squeezed out due to numbers. The higher you go in the organization, the more prospects fail, so it’s no surprise that AAA has less potential upside than AA and Altoona had...

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2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep17

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year. The...

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Morning Report: What Sets Willy Garcia Apart From Other Prospects?
Sep09

Morning Report: What Sets Willy Garcia Apart From Other Prospects?

The focus of this article is finding a comparable player to Willy Garcia when it comes to his low walk rate and high strikeout totals. This season, Garcia had 24 walks and 145 strikeouts, which is a difference of 121, the biggest differential in the system. Last year, Garcia had a difference of 131 with 23 walks and 154 strikeouts. During these past two seasons, no one else in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system had a difference that...

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