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Ten Pittsburgh Pirates Drafted by Winter Ball Teams, Including Alemais, Cruz,...

The Dominican winter league held it’s annual rookie draft on Thursday night. The basic idea of the draft is that teams pick players from the Dominican, with the occasional foreign-born players with Dominican heritage mixed in. The players are usually in Low-A, although they can be players who haven’t got that far in pro ball […]
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Williams: Pirates Have Another Group of International Prospects Emerging in West...

I normally make two trips per year to West Virginia. The first one comes early in the season, and amounts to regular coverage. The second trip comes later in the year, serving as a bonus trip just because of the ease and proximity to other short-season teams. Players in the lowest levels of the minors […]
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2016 Bristol Pirates Season Preview and Top 10 Prospects

The Pirates added an additional rookie level team in Bristol before the 2014 season, essentially replacing their second DSL team (which went away that year) and moving the extra team up a few levels. Bristol falls between the GCL and Morgantown on the talent scale. The average age is about half a year older in […]
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Morning Report: Draft Picks, Struggling Catchers and How Age Affects Prospect...

Going with a notes article this morning because they are good for topics that aren’t big enough for their own articles at this time. I had someone ask in the comments for an article yesterday where Brandon Waddell is, since he hasn’t pitched. Waddell took three weeks off before signing, which was 20 days ago. […]
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Morning Report: Jin-De Jhang Leads a Group of Players That Are...

Back in April, Jin-De Jhang almost went the entire month without striking out, ending up with two in 54 at-bats. He has managed to keep his strikeouts low, while also hitting for a .300 average this year. In 260 at-bats, he has 26 strikeouts, which is a nice even 10.0 at-bats per strikeout. Over his […]
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2014 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Coming into the season, the GCL Pirates looked like a very interesting roster, with a lot of the best picks from the 2014 draft, along with several interesting players making the jump from the DSL. Not every player worked out, but the GCL roster lived up to the hype. The result at the end of […]
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Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 DSL Top Ten...

Back in 2012, we posted a top ten prospect list for the Pirates players in the Dominican Summer League. With the DSL season ending last Saturday, it’s time to see how these players have progressed in the last two years. This list was based of a combination of scouting reports, stats, player’s size and age, […]
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First Pitch: Pirates System Will Have Some Difficult Catching Decisions in...

We’ve written a lot this week about the catcher position, with a few articles on Elias Diaz having a breakout season in Altoona, along with some focus on a few lower level players who are having good seasons. The Pittsburgh Pirates have collected a lot of catching prospects, especially in the lower levels. The result is that […]
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Prospect Highlights: Taking a Look at Some of the Pirates Catching...

With the top two teams in the minors on their All-Star break now, the highlights from Altoona and Indianapolis will be light for the next few days. Yesterday, we focused on some GCL players, including first round pick Cole Tucker. Today, we take a look at some catchers in the system, with two clips from […]
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2014 GCL Pirates Season Preview

This GCL team has the most upside of any of the three short-season teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. The top prospects at the level include first round pick Cole Tucker, and second round picks Mitch Keller and Trey Supak. They also have Michael de la Cruz, who is the top international prospect making the […]
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