Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class
Sep07

Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class

Last week, we looked at the progress of the top international prospects from 2012 and how they were doing in the system two years later. Now we take a look at the Pirates’ 2012 draft class and how those twenty signed players are doing in the system. That was the year the Pirates didn’t sign Mark Appel and also missed out on fourth round pick Brandon Thomas, so this class was immediately hurt by losing upside talent....

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Morning Report: Wyatt Mathisen Making Up For Lost Time
Aug24

Morning Report: Wyatt Mathisen Making Up For Lost Time

Last season, Wyatt Mathisen got an aggressive push from the Pirates, skipping over Jamestown and going right to West Virginia as a 19-year-old catcher. After being drafted in the second round in 2012, Mathisen signed early and went to the GCL. He got into 45 games and hit well, batting .295/.388/.374 in 139 at-bats, while striking out just 19 times. Mathisen needed plenty of work behind the plate, but the Pirates felt he could handle...

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Prospect Highlights: Lambo Homer, Mathisen Triple, RBI Hits From Bell and Allie
Jul31

Prospect Highlights: Lambo Homer, Mathisen Triple, RBI Hits From Bell and Allie

Four highlights today from three different levels, including a rare West Virginia Power video. Since the Rome Braves are the only team in the SAL that seems to tape games, and only during their home games, we don’t see many Power highlights. We also have a home run from Andrew Lambo from last night and RBI hits from Stetson Allie and Josh Bell. Lambo hit his fifth homer for Indianapolis. Since returning ¬†from his thumb injury,...

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Minor Moves: Wyatt Mathisen to the West Virginia DL, JaCoby Jones Activated
Jun28

Minor Moves: Wyatt Mathisen to the West Virginia DL, JaCoby Jones Activated

Last night we wrote about how Wyatt Mathisen left the West Virginia Power game early after a collision at third base, which resulted in a lower leg injury. Mathisen has been placed on the disabled list today. The good news for West Virginia is that JaCoby Jones has been activated from the DL. Jones had been out for the last week with a knee injury, and it doesn’t look like it was major, since he only missed a week.

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Top 10 Hitters: Could Josh Bell Be in Line For a Promotion Soon?
Jun16

Top 10 Hitters: Could Josh Bell Be in Line For a Promotion Soon?

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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