Winter Leagues: Ramirez Debuts Today, Polanco Update
Nov08

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Debuts Today, Polanco Update

Gregory Polanco has missed the last couple games, plus his team has had two days off this week, so fans were getting a little anxious about his absence. Finally got word that he has been out with the flu, which has knocked a handful of his teammates out of action as well. Polanco is also dealing with some personal family issues, but he should be back in the lineup soon. UPDATE: That soon came very soon. Polanco will be in the lineup...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster
Sep10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Fall Instructional League Roster

The Fall Instructional Leagues (“instructs”) will start at the end of this month, starting on September 16th and ending October 19th. Instructs is a time for the minor league players to review their 2013 seasons, add new pitches, refine old pitches, or add new positions on the field. It’s also a chance to get extra playing time, with games taking place against other teams, similar to minor league Spring Training. The...

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GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios
Aug20

GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios

The Pittsburgh Pirates took right-handed pitcher Billy Roth in the 16th round of the 2013 draft, giving him a $190,000 bonus, which amounted to $90,000 against the draft pool. Roth was a highly rated prep pitching prospect with a clean delivery, a fastball that could touch 92 MPH, and a sharp breaking ball. Coming into today’s start he had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings on the season. Today was the first time I had a chance to see...

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Prospect Watch: Lambo Hits His 20th; Barnes Hits Third Homer in a Week
Jun26

Prospect Watch: Lambo Hits His 20th; Barnes Hits Third Homer in a Week

Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, HR: Andrew Lambo, Adalberto Santos, Barrett Barnes, Yhonathan Barrios

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