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Episode 12 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes minor league analysis from James Santelli (@JamesSantelli), Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports), John Dreker (@JohnDreker) and myself (@timwilliamsP2) on the prospects in the Pirates’ system. Highlights of the show include:
**James Santelli covered the Altoona Curve last week, and wrote about Jameson Taillon in this article. James talks about what he saw from Taillon, including Taillon’s focus on first pitch strikes and the development of his changeup.
**James liked what he saw from Alex Dickerson and Gregory Polanco. He didn’t like what he saw from Quinton Miller, who was the first of the over-slot prep pitchers the Pirates signed.
**Tom Bragg and John Dreker both covered West Virginia in the last week. John wrote a great recap of West Virginia on Monday, highlighting Luis Heredia and Barrett Barnes.
**Tom, John and I discuss Heredia’s first two starts, along with Tyler Glasnow’s recent outings, and a few other players on the roster like Walker Gourley and Raul Fortunato.
**While discussing Gourley and Fortunato we get into the discussion on the value of organizational players and how they help your prospects.
**This week I interviewed Reese McGuire, who was the second pick by the Pirates in the 2013 draft and the 14th overall pick in the draft this year.
**The song is ‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com.
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‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Jose Tabata has been activated from the DL. Photo Credit: David Hague
A few roster updates this afternoon:
**The Pirates have activated Jose Tabata from the disabled list. To make room they have optioned Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A.
**Phil Irwin had ulnar nerve transposition surgery on his right-elbow today. He is expected to miss approximately two months of action.
Brandon Cumpton will start tonight’s game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Brandon Cumpton to make tonight’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Josh Harrison has been optioned to Triple-A to make room. More to come.
BLACK AND YELLOW
In honor of the long weekend it looks like Brandon Inge tossed in some real freaky contacts. Get weird, folks. via Mocksession.com [Mocksession] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
After we heard about the two high profile signings from yesterday, shortstop Adrian Valerio and outfielder Edinson Lantigua, the Pirates also announced the signings of seven more players today. These players are all slightly older players, eligible to sign prior to this July 2nd signing period. They are shortstop Luis Perez, second baseman Raul Siri, lefty pitcher Christian Mota...
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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
This game turned on a quick sequence in that went like this: Andrew McCutchen single, Gaby Sanchez single on the next pitch, Russell Martin RBI single two pitches later, Pedro Alvarez three-run homer two pitches after that. That turned a frustrating 1-0 Phillies lead into a 4-1 PIrate lead. That gave the second half of the game a very different tone.
Specifically, it was the...
Jeanmar Gomez was not available to start Tuesday after throwing aggressively Sunday. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pirates have not announced their starting rotation for this week’s series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Brandon Cumpton was re-called Tuesday to pitch the first game of the series and the season’s second half tonight.
Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke are considered...
As of July 4, 2013 (9:20 am EST) the Pittsburgh Pirates have crossed the halfway point of the season and display a record of 83 – 52. One of the hottest teams in baseball Pittsburgh went 15 – 5 in their last 20 games and currently hold a 2 game lead atop the NL Central. In a blog I wrote last week I asked what makes this season different from past seasons, which saw the Pirates...
Phillies (39-44) at Pirates (51-30)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The best team in baseball hosts their cross-state rivals this week at PNC Park. The Pirates are looking to run the win streak to ten and continue to dominate Philly at home – and unlike past years, the Phils aren’t even playing well. There will surely be plenty of Philly fans in town,...
Pittsburgh Pirates rookie starter Gerrit Cole, after registering wins in each of his first four career starts, was handed his first career loss on Thursday as the Pirates fell to the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 6-4.
Coming into Thursday’s contest, Cole boasted a 4-0 record and 3.70 ERA over 24 1/3 innings in four starts. Despite the loss, Cole was solid in his effort, working...
Jeff Locke ran his personal winning streak to eight games, Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates hung on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Wednesday night.
Locke (8-1) was scored upon for the first time in four home starts but extended his unbeaten streak to 16 outings. Locke, who hasn't lost since his first start of the season, allowed two earned...
It may be a holiday for most people, but there are still seven games on the minor league schedule today. Only Bradenton has the day off. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s...
The second half of the season begins tonight, with the Pirates defending the best record in baseball and sending Brandon Cumpton to the mound. That's one crazy sentence. Because of the Pirates' 14-inning game against the Brewers necessitated him to warm up, Jeff Locke's start is being pushed back a bit. Because Sunday was Jeanmar Gomez's day to throw a bullpen session...
Big day, as not only do Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow take the mound, there are some other interesting pitchers on the schedule. Altoona was suspended in the first inning of Monday’s game. They will finish that game today, prior to the regularly scheduled game, which will now be seven innings. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will make the game up as part of a doubleheader...
One thing that is new this year on the international market is that teams can trade from their bonus pools. A team can trade for bonus pool money, giving them the ability to acquire up to 50% of their original bonus pool. For example, the Pirates have a bonus pool of $2,426,000. That means they can trade for up to $1,213,000 in additional pool money.
What I didn’t know until today...