This is just a reminder that we have a resource here that you may find useful from time to time. We have pages for every player in the Pirates’ system who have reached the US. And as of today, we have a new Player Search feature on the sidebar of the site.
You can find information on major leaguers like Josh Bell, top prospects like Ke’Bryan Hayes, or less well-known (at least for now) prospects like Cameron Junker. You’ll also find top draftees like first rounder Quinn Priester (pictured above) or less recognizable ones like 2019 39th rounder Daniel Ross.
The pages present basic biographical information (DOB, transactions, service time, options remaining, etc.) and the most detailed scouting information — including personal observations, info from various sources and reports that are available online. Here’s an example from J.T. Brubaker’s page:
Brubaker posted a 3.63 ERA and a 30:72 BB/SO ratio in 89.1 innings over 15 starts in his junior season at Akron. Those numbers were an improvement over 2014, when he had a 4.02 ERA and a 37:45 BB/SO ratio in 71.2 innings. As a freshman, he made 14 starts and had a 7.25 ERA. His fastball sat at 91-92 and topped out at 94 mph, and relies heavily on a changeup. He also threw a slider. He had room to add muscle, giving him more projection than many college draftees. And, in fact, by 2017 he was often sitting at 94-96 mph, sometimes reaching the upper-90s. In 2018, he added a curve that appeared to make a difference for him. Brubaker wasn’t on Baseball America’s top 500 prospect list when the Pirates drafted him. He signed right after the draft for $46,500 below the slot amount.
Along with the general information, there’s a year-by-year historical section that hopefully will give you some idea of how the player’s career has developed over time. The pages get updated at the beginning and end of the season, as well as any time there’s a roster move, or a player joining or leaving the system.
The full list of active player pages are organized in two different ways, both available from the drop-down menu at the top of the page, under “Resources.”
The “Player Pages” tab has the players organized by position and the “Depth Chart” tab by . . . well, a depth chart. The latter shows the players by teams within the system, but it’s not a running set of rosters. I update it also at the beginning and end of the season, as well as during the year as players come and go. In the off-season, I try to project that level at which each player will at least have a chance to compete for a job. (With a new front office coming in, this is an especially speculative exercise.)