Tag: Braxton Ashcraft

Morgantown Top Ten Prospects: Three Projectable Pitchers and a Group of...

Yesterday we posted the season recap for Morgantown. The Black Bears nearly made the playoffs with a group that had many of the top 2019 draft picks for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They also had plenty of international talent, along with two of the best draft picks from the 2018 class. Here’s the top ten list […]
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Morgantown Season Recap: A Team Filled with High Draft Picks and...

Our third season recap covers Morgantown, a team that just missed making the playoffs by getting eliminated on the final day of the season. The either needed a win in the season finale or a loss by Batavia and neither happened. The Black Bears still had a nice season, finishing with a 40-36 record, achieving […]
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Report from Morgantown: The Pitchers

Obviously, in the course of two games — a 5-1 loss to Williamsport on Saturday and a 7-2 loss to Auburn on Sunday — I didn’t see a great many pitchers, and a few of them were in only briefly.  But here are some observations on the ones I saw. Bear Bellomy, RHP:  A 28th […]
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Prospect Watch: Rodolfo Castro Hits Two Home Runs; Cody Bolton Debuts...

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time or loses his prospect eligibility (Kevin Newman, Nick Burdi and Bryan Reynolds), he will be removed from this list. Everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will […]
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Prospect Watch: Strong Debut for Braxton Ashcraft; Jennings and Vera Post...

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time or loses his prospect eligibility (Kevin Newman, Nick Burdi and Bryan Reynolds), he will be removed from this list. Everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will […]
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Morgantown Season Preview: Two Top Prospects and a Lot of Draft...

The season begins tonight in Morgantown for the West Virginia Black Bears. They are the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The league has a 76-game schedule, with very few off days, which is one of the reasons why the league works with 35-man rosters instead of the 25-man roster you see in […]
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Pirates are Taking a Different Approach This Year with Their Top...

The New York-Penn League season begins in Morgantown on Friday and there are two unexpected names on the roster for the Black Bears. The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending right-handed pitchers Braxton Ashcraft and Michael Burrows to their top short-season affiliate. In the recent past, those two pitchers would have headed to Bristol for their first […]
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Season Preview: The Pirates Have a Lot of Potential Upside in...

We have posted season previews for all four full-season affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Those are linked below. Now it’s time to take a look at the players who are currently at Pirate City taking part in Extended Spring Training. These are the players who are either going to end up in the GCL, at […]
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Braxton Ashcraft and Jack Herman are Among the Top 20 GCL...

Baseball America posted their list of the top 20 prospects in the Gulf Coast League on Monday morning and it includes two Pittsburgh Pirates. They have right-handed pitcher Braxton Ashcraft ranked 14th in the league and outfielder Jack Herman was two spots behind him on the list. It’s an interesting pairing because Ashcraft was the […]
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GCL Top Ten Prospects: A Group Led by Two Prep Pitchers...

We posted the season recap for the GCL Pirates yesterday, covering the season for the team and mentioning 19 players of note. Today we look at the top ten prospects in detail. Usually we use a limit of 20 innings pitched and 70 plate appearances to qualify for the GCL top ten, but the team […]
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