Found April 10, 2013 on
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 (0-1, 6.00) - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP
3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.273) - 1-for-4, 2B, SB, BB
4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.207) - 1-for-5
5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training
6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.231) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training
8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 0.00) - DNP
9. Kyle McPherson, RHP,...
BEST OF MAXIM
There’s one thing you notice when you cover prospects closely: there’s no middle ground with expectations and reactions. At times it seems like there are pretty much only two reactions to a prospect. If there is a good report, or a player is performing well, there are calls for a promotion. If the player has a flaw, or is going through some struggles, the reaction...
Spring Training is over for the full season teams, but for players who will start the year in Jamestown, the Gulf Coast League, or the Dominican Summer League, there’s extended Spring Training. Extended Spring Training works similar to regular Spring Training in minor league camp. The team works out in the morning, then plays games in the afternoon against the Phillies, Blue Jays...
Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano both threw at Pirate City this afternoon. Morton threw a 35-40 pitch bullpen session, which came two days after he threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game. Liriano threw two innings of a simulated game, throwing about 30 pitches total. I spoke with both pitchers after their work today to discuss how they were feeling physically,...
Jason Grilli's Pittsburgh Pirates entrance video wants you to understand one thing: It's Grilled Cheese Time!
The Altoona Curve defeated the Harrisburg Senators 5-4 in their first home game of the year. Starting pitcher Casey Sadler was solid in the victory, going six innings and surrendering three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Offensively, the Curve were led by second baseman Jarek Cunningham who went 3-for 4, including a two-run homer in the third inning. Gift Ngoepe...
Starling Marte has been the Pirates best offensive threat through the seasons first nine games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a 3-6 start in their first nine games of the season but their record does not indicate how well they COULD be if everything was clicking to this point. Let’s begin with the offense:
The Pirates have had a very poor start to the season with...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Tuesday night for their first winning streak of the season.
Pittsburgh has snapped out of its offensive funk in the desert, winning the first two games of the series by scoring 11 runs -- three more than in the...
Pirates (3-5) at D-Backs (5-3)
3:40 PM–Chase Field, Phoenix
Bring out the brooms! The Bucs go for the sweep in today’s afternoon game out in Phoenix. This would obviously be a great way to recover from the rough Dodgers series and would build some momentum going in to a weekend home series against the Reds. It would be especially great if the offense...
It took more than a week, but the Pittsburgh Pirates finally showed something resembling consistency on offense in the Bucs’ 6-5 win on Wednesday against Arizona at Chase Field.
Starling Marte had two hits, including a two-run double in the fourth, in the Pirates 6-5 win at Arizona. Photo credit: David Hague
The Pirates posted a season-high in runs scored and broke into double...
Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Tuesday night for their first winning streak of the season.
Pittsburgh has snapped out of its offensive funk in the desert, winning the first two games of the series by scoring 11 runs - three more than the first six games combined...
More than anything, this was a James McDonald Game. McDonald had a 1-0 lead when he took the mound in the first inning. He walked two of the first three hitters, then gave up a double, then a home run. It looked like the Pirates were going to be stuck with J-Mac at his worst. Instead, McDonald set down nine of the ten hitters he faced in the second, third, and fourth innings, only...
After posting a 2.78 ERA over 71 appearances for the Astros in 2011, Mark Melancon did not adjust well to the American League last season. He was traded to the Red Sox in the offseason and recorded a 6.20 ERA in 41 appearances. The right-hander came to Pittsburgh in the Joel Hanrahan deal and told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he feels comfortable in the Bucs bullpen.
The ninth weekend of the college season is about to get under way, as most teams reach the midway point in their schedule last week. This weekend we have a match-up between two top pitchers on Saturday, as well as two top batters starting a three game series against each other on Friday. The Pirates have the #9 and #14 picks in the upcoming June amateur draft. Throughout the college...
Sometimes life can be challenging. For example, I’ve spent basically the entirety of the past two days either in a hotel lobby, on a roof, snaking pipes, or shopping for a new toilet. That’s not to complain, adversity is what makes life great. Hopefully the Pirates have learned that lesson and this response is real. A series…