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TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (3-3, 3.67) – DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.26) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.307) – 1-for-4, 2 SB
4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.289) – 0-for-3, 2 BB
5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (UPDATE: Where Will Heredia Start the Year?)
6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.278) - 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) - Low-A DL (UPDATE: Barnes Returning Soon...
BEST OF MAXIM
One of the best ways to figure out when (or if) a player is going to be promoted is by looking at what the organization has done with previous players. For the most part, each player is an individual circumstance and should be treated with an individual approach. However, there are usually a lot of trends you can find with an individual team which can be used to predict the path...
The performance of the bullpen has played a role in the the Pirates’ winning ways, especially given the many close games they have won. Pittsburgh’s relievers are ranked 2nd in the National League in ERA, 3rd in strikeout percentage and 4th in FIP.
Justin Wilson may see more late-inning relief outings in place of Mark Melacon. (Photo credit: David Hague)
That success has not...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from their Triple-A Indianapolis club on Tuesday. In his brief career, Morris has posted a 3.05 ERA over 20.2 innings pitched, striking out 15 while walking 10. He takes the roster spot of reliever Jose Contreras who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his lower back.
The post Pittsburgh...
The Pirates pitched their 9th shutout of the season, and second 11-inning shutout against the Tigers, and Russell Martin hit a walkoff single off the wall to beat Detroit 1-0 Thursday night.
Russell Martin hit the walkoff single in the 11th, his second walkoff in two weeks. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Russell Martin smacked a fastball 400 feet to the North Shore Notch to score Neil...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed reliever Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his lower back, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
Contreras had trouble throwing strikes in his most recent appearance which came Monday against the Detroit Tigers. During the seventh inning of that contest he allowed two runs -- one coming on a bases-loaded...
This is not a secret, but the way that relievers are used has changed quite a bit throughout baseball history. One of the first truly famous relievers was the Pirates' own ElRoy Face, who had a dominant run from 1957-1962. In that span, he averaged 61 appearances a season with 47 games finished. That doesn't sound terribly different from the way the Pirates used Joel Hanrahan...
Russell Martin hit a bases-loaded single off the left-center wall in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
Neil Walker opened the inning with a sharp single to right off Luke Putkonen (1-1) and Andrew McCutchen walked. Gaby Sanchez loaded the bases by bouncing a single through the left side of the infield...
Top prospect Gerrit Cole takes the mound tonight for Indianapolis, coming off a start in which he allowed hits to the first three batters of the game, then followed that with six no-hit innings. He will face off against second place Columbus, who trail Indianapolis by 6.5 games in the standings. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable...
Keith Law has posted his second mock draft(subscription required) this morning and he has two names going to the Pittsburgh Pirates that we have heard often. With the #9 pick, he has High School catcher, Reese McGuire. At #14, he has the Pirates taking New Mexico first baseman DJ Peterson.
There has been a lot of talk with Peterson possibly going anywhere from sixth overall,...
Neil Walker ended a lengthy pitching duel with a home run in the top of the 11th inning Tuesday night, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The game was scoreless until Walker -- brother-in-law of Tigers center fielder Don Kelly -- homered off Jose Ortega (0-2) with one out in the Pittsburgh 11th. Former Tigers reliever Jason Grilli pitched the...
Anibal Sanchez spent six innings toying with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his electric stuff rendering the Pirates innocent bystanders.
When the Detroit starter finally wobbled, Pittsburgh wasted little time knocking him over.
Pedro Alvarez's two-run double sparked a seventh-inning rally and the Pirates streaked by the Tigers 5-3 on Wednesday night. Travis Snider added an RBI double...
Neil Walker homered to break a scoreless tie in the eleventh inning and the Bucs pitched their way to a thrilling 1-0 victory in Detroit on Tuesday night.
Just like everybody expected, the Jeanmar Gomez vs. Rick Porcello matchup turned in to an epic pitchers’ duel. Porcello looked brilliant and had all his pitches working and moving all over the place, while the Bucs remained...
With just nine days to go before the 2013 MLB Amateur draft begins, Baseball America has released their list of the top 500 draft prospects in this year’s class. This is the second time they have expanded their top prospect list recently, bringing it from 100, to 250 to it’s current point.
While they have expanded the list, the rankings for the two spots where the Pittsburgh...
DETROIT (AP) -- Neil Walker ended a lengthy pitching duel with a home run in the 11th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The game was scoreless until Walker -- the brother-in-law of Tigers center fielder Don Kelly -- homered off Jose Ortega (0-2) with one out in the top of the 11th. Former Tigers reliever Jason Grilli pitched the...