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Around this time of year we see a lot of prospect lists come out, and almost all of them focus on a player’s potential impact in the future, rather than the upcoming season. Keith Law takes a different approach each year, providing a list of the top 20 impact prospects for the 2013 season. The list is a ranking of players based only on their expected impact in the majors in 2013.
Law released his list yesterday, and Gerrit Cole was one of the 20 players. Many expect Cole to arrive in Pittsburgh this season, and Law had him sixth overall in the rankings. He notes that Cole could provide an impact for the Pirates in the second half.
Surrounding Cole were fellow 2011 top draft picks Trevor Bauer (5) and Dylan Bundy (7).
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Jeff Karstens can make an additional $1 M in performance bonuses. – Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates
Tom Singer has a few contract details and incentives for some of the players in major league camp. The details can be read here. My thoughts on each player below.
**Jeff Karstens has $1 M in potential performance bonuses. He’d get a bonus of $100,000 each for 150 and 160 innings...
Baseball Prospectus has released their pre-season playoff odds and predictions, and have the Pittsburgh Pirates projected for a 79-83 record. The odds give the Pirates a 17% chance of making the playoffs, which is made up of a 6.8% chance of winning the division, and a 10.2% chance of winning a Wild Card spot.
Pat Lackey wrote about this earlier today, pointing out that this shouldn’t...
The college baseball season begins tomorrow, which marks the beginning of draft prospect season. Ever since this site started, one of the goals has been to keep track of the players who could potentially be taken by the Pirates each year in June’s draft. We keep individual player trackers updated with stats throughout the year, and have at least two weekly updates on the progress...
In addition to the roster moves from earlier this afternoon, Baseball America has announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Devin Ivany to a minor league deal. Like the two earlier moves, Ivany is strictly on a minor league deal, with no invite to Spring Training.
The 30-year-old catcher has spent his entire career in the minors, and hasn’t played above Double-A...
With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker.
If there’s one area where Neal Huntington has been successful...
When I started researching the club, I underestimated just how good the Pirates system is right now. It has impressive high-ceiling talent at the top of the list and depth. I had five or six other players outside the Top 15 that I really wanted to write about, but ultimately they fell just short of the list.
#1 Gerrit Cole (P)
While reading Baseball Prospectus's list of nine potential breakout candidates yesterday, I was legitimately surprised to find Travis Snider at number six on the list. Then, I thought about it some and decided that I was surprised to find myself surprised to find Travis Snider at number six on the list. I was excited when the Pirates traded for him in July and he actually played...
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Born: January 4, 1992
Height: 6′ 5″
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The Pirates will eventually have to replace Pedro Alvarez at third base, whether that’s when he leaves via free agency, or if he eventually needs to move to first base. Bryant...
3B, North Carolina
Born: October 1, 1992
Height: 6′ 3″
All Colin Moran Posts
The Pirates don’t have any strong options at third base in their minor league system, and will need to find an eventual replacement at third for Pedro Alvarez. The 2013...
Do we think Kyle McPherson is going to make the roster out of Spring Training? I’m not so sure. I think the likely competition is between him and Justin Wilson. If one makes the cut I don’t forsee the other one making it. Much of this opinion comes from the fact that I think Jonathan…
According to the minor league free agent tracker on Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added two minor league free agents. The new additions are outfielder Brett Carroll and right-handed pitcher Roman Colon.
Carroll had previous been with the Washington Nationals, and elected free agency this off-season. In 288 career at-bats in the majors he has a .201/.280/.319 line...
Austin Kubitza out-pitched Mark Appel to start the 2013 college season.
During the regular season, leading up to the 2013 Amateur Draft, we will provide a nightly recap of the day’s action, covering potential draft picks for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as following the progress of interesting unsigned picks from previous years. The Pirates have the ninth and 14th picks in the...
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Born: December 16, 1994
Height: 6′ 2″
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Mercado isn’t a consensus to be picked in the 9-14 range, where the Pirates have two picks. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. No one has him in that range, with most...