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The Pirates Have Some Catching Prospects Developing Behind Elias Diaz

ALTOONA, Pa. and BRADENTON, Fla. – The Pirates made a few trades from their minor league catching depth last year, sending out prospects Reese McGuire and Taylor Gushue. At the start of the season, McGuire was the primary starter in Altoona, and Gushue was the primary starter in Bradenton. Regardless of how you feel about […]
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Morning Report: The Importance of the 11th Round Pick

It’s going to be a little while before we know how much of their bonus pool the Pittsburgh Pirates will give to the players selected in the first ten rounds. We do know a couple things, besides the fact that first round pick Shane Baz and sixth round pick Cody Bolton have both apparently agreed […]
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Morning Report: Christian Kelley Continues to Show Improvements at the Plate

On Saturday night, Bradenton catcher Christian Kelley collected four hits and a walk. He raised his average to .330, which ranks him seventh in the Florida State League. He also ranks sixth in OBP (.426) and 14th with an .849 OPS. We ranked Kelley as the 49th best prospect in our 2017 Prospect Guide.  He’s […]
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The Bradenton Marauders Top 10 Features Most of the Pirates Top...

It’s difficult to gather a prospect group as talented as the group that will start the year in Bradenton. The Marauders are headlined by Mitch Keller, who is the top pitching prospect in the system, but it doesn’t stop there. They have six of the top ten prospects in the system heading into the year […]
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Pirates Cut Three More From Major League Camp

The Pittsburgh Pirates have cut three more players from Major League camp, trimming the active Spring Training roster to 53 players. On Friday morning, they optioned pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas to Indianapolis and reassigned catcher Christian Kelley and outfielder Barrett Barnes to minor league camp. The Pirates sent down six players earlier in the week, including […]
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Morning Report: Overall Improvements Helped Christian Kelley Get Promoted to Bradenton

In yesterday’s Morning Report, we mentioned that Erik Lunde announced his retirement on Monday. He was replaced by Raul Hernandez on the Bradenton roster, but that move turned out to be temporary based on convenience, with Hernandez playing right in town with the GCL Pirates. On Wednesday, the Pirates sent Hernandez to West Virginia and […]
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Pirates Announce Ten Draft Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced ten draft signings on Thursday afternoon, bringing the total to 19 draft picks signed. Earlier today, we reported that Logan Sendelbach, John Bormann, Scooter Hightower and Jordan George all agreed to deals and they were among the ten players officially announced today. Ty Moore was also announced here last night, […]
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Rounds 11-15: Pirates Drafting the Late Bloomers

The Pirates didn’t take any prep guys at the start of day three, but they did show a trend in rounds 11-15, drafting guys who had a breakout year in 2015. Christian Kelley, taken in the 11th round, hasn’t played much in his college career, but had a big season in 2015 at the plate. […]
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