Posted December 23, 2011 on
Perhaps nothing matters more to the Pirates this winter than how Pedro Alvarez prepares for spring training. So far, apparently, so good.
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The Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide is now available, featuring over 250 prospect reports, the 2012 top 50 prospects, a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top ten prospects over the next...
Greg Picart appears to have re-signed with the Pirates.
We spend a lot of time talking about the top young prospects in the organization, and for good reason. The main purpose of a farm system is to produce talent for the big league team. Minor signings don’t usually get a lot of attention due to the fact that they probably won’t yield help in the future for big league players...
Today we wrapped up the Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 top 10 prospects countdown. The results, with links to the individual reports, are as follows:
1. Gerrit Cole
2. Jameson Taillon
3. Starling Marte
4. Josh Bell
5. Luis Heredia
6. Robbie Grossman
7. Tony Sanchez
8. Stetson Allie
9. Kyle McPherson
10. Nick Kingham
If you enjoyed the countdown and the reports on each player,...
Today we wrap up the top 10 countdown with our number one prospect. If you’ve enjoyed the countdown and the reports on each player, you’ll also enjoy the 2012 Prospect Guide, which features similar reports on the remaining top 50 prospects, as well as over 250 prospect reports and a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system. You can purchase your copy of the book on...
Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:
Gigantes del Cibao 7, Toros del Este 3
Two 3-run innings gave Los Gigantes the win in a “play in” game after the regular Dominican League season ended yesterday. Los Toros began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st. A lead-off double, and an RBI single by SS...
The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t...
Born on this date in 1871 was one of the best pitchers in Pittsburgh Pirates history, Sam Leever, who played for the team from 1898 to 1910. On the Pirates all-time list for pitchers he ranks fourth in ERA with a 2.47 mark, tied for second in wins with 194, sixth in both innings pitched with 2660.2 IP and games started with 299. He ranks fourth in complete games with 241 and second...
Born on this date in 1938 was all-star outfielder Matty Alou who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1966 to 1970. The Pirates acquired Alou from the San Francisco Giants on December 1, 1965 for Ozzie Virgil and Joe Gibbon in a trade that was covered here. Matty had been in the majors with the Giants since 1960 but he never received more than 351 plate appearances in a season...
A few Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action… the Australian League is taking the holiday weekend off. They will be back in action next weekend. The Dominican League is off until their playoffs start in January.
Caribes de Anzoategui 3, Leones del Caracas 2
Los Caribes were out-hit 10-4, but they made good use of their...
How do the Pirates plan to use Casey McGehee? Do the Bucs have their eyes on the Angels' first basemen? Fans inquire about these and more in the Inbox.
Now that it’s officially winter here…. a few Pirates’ players and friends in the Caribbean Leagues
Toros del Este 4, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
SS Pedro Ciriaco singled twice for Los Toros, while his brother 3B Audy doubled for Los Aguilas. Pedro singled and stole second base in the 1st inning, but did not score. He was caught stealing after his single...
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker takes time to talk about his upcoming holiday plans and to share some of his Christmas memories.