First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?
Mar19

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?

One of the big themes I’ve talked about with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their farm system has been the total lack of a third base prospect. Pedro Alvarez is a Scott Boras client, which means you can forget about a future extension, and pretty much wait for him to hit free agency following the 2016 season. And since the Pirates don’t have an internal option, that’s going to raise a question about who could be the...

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Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base
Mar18

Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base

Last week I reported that Jin-De Jhang would be moving up to Bradenton, solving the issue of having three catching prospects in West Virginia. That left Reese McGuire and Wyatt Mathisen as the catchers in West Virginia, with a possible time split that would favor McGuire. When I talked with Mathisen at the end of mini-camp back in January about the possibility of switching positions, he said he was still expecting to be at catcher,...

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Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)
Mar17

Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)

Luis Heredia going up against top 30 hitting prospects Barrett Barnes, Wyatt Mathisen, Reese McGuire, and Harold Ramirez in today’s intrasquad game at Pirate City. For notes on Heredia, check out this article.

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The Pirates Minor League Catcher Roster Crunch Appears to be Solved
Mar12

The Pirates Minor League Catcher Roster Crunch Appears to be Solved

The Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had a roster crunch at the catcher position in the lower levels heading into the 2014 season. 2013 first round pick Reese McGuire was expected to make the jump to full season ball in West Virginia. Wyatt Mathisen started the 2013 season in West Virginia, but suffered a partially torn labrum early in the season, and was out of action by the end of April. His numbers struggled in his time at the...

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Pirates Top Prospects Photos and Notes From Minor League Camp
Feb28

Pirates Top Prospects Photos and Notes From Minor League Camp

Minor League camp has started, although the full camp won’t start until next week. Right now it’s a lot of bullpens and batting practice, which means for me it’s a time to get a lot of pictures, videos, and watch those bullpens and batting practice. It was two years ago that Gregory Polanco really opened up my eyes as a breakout candidate with his work in batting practice, and especially with his work once live...

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