Top Pirates Minor League Hitting Performances: Week Ending 8/19

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, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Only players with a 3.0 RC or better are included on the list below. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times,...

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After The Trade Deadline: Updated Top 20 Prospects

A lot has changed since we last updated the top 20 prospects rankings after the draft. Mark Appel didn’t sign. Starling Marte was promoted, and will most likely lose his prospect eligibility by the end of the year. The Pirates traded Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain. The short-season leagues started, giving us a look at what the younger prospects were working on in extended Spring Training. And some of those results...

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Prospect Watch: Big Night from Alex Dickerson

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. Rankings are from the mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.85) –  DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) –  DNP 3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.318) - DNP 4. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) – Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College...

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2012 Second Round Pick Wyatt Mathisen Fractures Foot

Wyatt Mathisen, taken in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, fractured his foot yesterday when a hitter bunted a ball off Mathisen’s foot while catching. Fortunately it was only a small fracture, which should only keep him out of action for a week or two. Mathisen was walking in a boot today at Pirate City. “Yesterday it was really sore, but today it’s feeling a lot better,” Mathisen...

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Wyatt Mathisen Signing Official

On Saturday I announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates had come to terms with second round pick Wyatt Mathisen. Today, the deal became official, per a Pirates press release. The prep catcher will join the GCL Pirates, who begin their season a week from today. According to Baseball America, Mathisen signed for $746,300, which is the exact slot amount for the second round...

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