Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gerrit Cole

We usually release our mid-season prospect rankings right after the MLB draft. This not only shows the updated rankings with half of the minor league season in the books, but it also shows where the new draft picks fit in. This year we held the rankings for a few days due to Gerrit Cole making his major league debut. Cole was included in the rankings that were submitted, and was the consensus choice as the top prospect in the system....

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Glasnow, Bats Lead Turnaround for West Virginia

In West Virginia’s recent history, being able to put a winning baseball team on the field while consistently preparing prospects for the next level has been a formula that has been hard to come by, that is until recently. The Power have one of the most talented rosters in the South Atlantic League with players like Stetson Allie, Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow and Dilson Herrera calling Charleston home this summer. The team has ridden...

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Prospect Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

It’s received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles. ¬†Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who could be useful in the majors under the right circumstances, usually injuries. ¬†Indianapolis is no different this year. ¬†Although minor league W/L records...

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Prospect Watch: Cole Improves, Sanchez Heating Up, and Allie Stays Hot

Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, HR: Tony Sanchez, Stetson Allie

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Is West Virginia Primed For Another Year of Breakout Players?

I don’t like same-organization player comps. I think they’re lazy, and provide a very limited view. Yet we see them all the time. When the Pirates have a left-handed pitching prospect, he’s just the next Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The only reason he’s compared to those players is because that’s the frame of reference that Pirates fans have for a left-hander. This is the age of MLB.tv and internet stats, so...

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