2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The 2013 season was the first year for the Pirates in Jamestown, after ending their relationship with the State College Spikes over the 2012-13 off-season. Jamestown featured a lot of talented young players this year, although the makeup was a bit different from what State College was used to seeing. The pitchers were still young, but many of them were right out of college, rather...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: How the Pirates Can Benefit From a New Minor League Team

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they will be adding a new minor league affiliate for the 2014 season. The new team will be located in Bristol, and will play in the Appy League. That league is classified as rookie ball, but my guess is that it will be placed between the GCL and Jamestown in the Pirates system. I wrote about the new team earlier today, and a possible impact...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Notebook: Clay Holmes Showing Steady Progression This Year

The West Virginia Power played a total of 12 games in Lakewood this year, so I got to see a little more of the team than usual. Early in the season, it was the power display by Stetson Allie and the pitching of Tyler Glasnow that impressed me the most. As the season went on, I noticed improvements each start from Clay Holmes and better hitting from Josh Bell, particularly in...
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

West Virginia Loses Series Finale Despite Fine Outing By Kyle Haynes

West Virginia came into Sunday’s game against the Lakewood BlueClaws with a 20-3 record in the season series. They also took the first three games of the current series and went with reliever-turned-starter, Kyle Haynes for the last game. Haynes had shut down Lakewood over four innings on August 1st and in his four starts coming into tonight, he had a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings,...
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August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Glasnow and Kingham Tonight

It’s an interesting day if all the probables make their starts today. All five of them were drafted in the top ten rounds by the Pirates. Jamestown, West Virginia and Bradenton all had the day off yesterday. Indianapolis in now on their All-Star break and they resume play Thursday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers...
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July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Just Four Games On A Slow Tuesday

It’s a slow day for minor league ball as the Major League All-Star game takes center stage. Jamestown, West Virginia and Bradenton all have the day off and will resume play tomorrow. Indianapolis in now on their All-Star break and they resume play Thursday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent...
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July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Harlan and Lopez Promoted, Hughes Sent To Indianapolis

Two pitchers have moved up in the Pittsburgh Pirates system today, while two players at the upper level flip roster spots again. Left-hander Thomas Harlan has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders, while righty Cesar Lopez has taken his spot on the West Virginia Power roster. No corresponding moves have been announced for Bradenton yet to open up a spot for Harlan, or with Jamestown...
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Homers For Bradenton; JaCoby Jones Hits First Homer

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...
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July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Scrappers split twinbill with Jammers

Jamestown, NY – Following a rain-soaked Tuesday night which saw the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Jamestown Jammers game postponed, the boys picked-up where they left-off in the second inning and the Scrappers prevailed 5-3.  In front of a smaller-than-usual crowd, assumedly due to the still-inclement weather and the early start time of 5:05 pm, Mahoning Valley pounded out 12...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Preview

The 2013 Jamestown Jammers season begins today. Some of you may be wondering “Who are the Jamestown Jammers?” The Pirates used to have their short-season A-ball affiliate in State College. The contract with the Spikes ended last year, and the Spikes opted to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Thus the Pirates moved their short-season A-ball team to Jamestown. Everything is the...
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June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Holmes Off DL, d’Arnaud Starts Rehab

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a handful of minor league moves today involving West Virginia and Bradenton. d’Arnaud makes his season debut today Clay Holmes was activated off the disabled list and will start tonight. He had a minor ankle injury. He last pitched eight days ago. To make room for Holmes, West Virginia assigned reliever Josh Smith to the Jamestown roster. Chase...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Jason Townsend Activated From DL, Cesar Lopez to Bradenton

Jason Townsend has been activated from the Altoona DL. Here are the latest minor league transactions. **Altoona has placed Jeff Inman and Justin Howard on the disabled list. Jason Townsend has been activated from the disabled list and Zach Thornton has been promoted from Bradenton. **Bradenton added Cesar Lopez from extended Spring Training to replace Thornton. They also recently...
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May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Extended Spring Training Roster

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...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Notebook: Good Pitching in the Class A Games

Rodriguez allowed no earned runs and fanned four over four innings The Pirates played host to the Yankees’ class A teams at Pirate City today, in games dominated by the pitching.  Outside of a first inning outburst by the Pirates’ high A squad, there was little offense. The low A game finished in a 1-1 tie, as Joely Rodriguez put together a strong start.  He allowed just one...
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March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Some Perspective on Prospect Rankings

Today Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2012 GCL season, which was the first league they’ve covered that had a Pirates affiliate. Over the next few weeks they’ll cover every league that featured a Pirates minor league affiliate, which will give us a chance to see where the minor leaguers stack up compared to other teams. We’ve also been running a lot...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

The Gulf Coast League is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. The parks are huge, and the weather can be brutal, playing at noon every day in Florida during some of the most humid months of the year. For pitchers, that can lead to very strong numbers, even from guys who aren’t prospects. Below are the stats from each pitcher in the GCL, broken down by age groups...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Herrera Puts GCL Pirates One Game Away From Championship

The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Red Sox today 5-0 in game one of the best of three GCL Finals. Dilson Herrera led the offense by going 3-for-5 on the day with a double, triple, and a homer, falling a single shy of the cycle. Third baseman Eric Wood also had three hits, going 3-for-3 with a walk. Elvis Escobar went 2-for-4 with a triple. The pitching staff carried a 5-0 lead in to the...
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August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

GCL Pirates Take Two From Phillies

Dovydas Neverauskas The GCL Pirates finished up a 6-0 win over the Phillies in a game suspended yesterday after two innings, then also took the regularly scheduled game in seven innings by a 4-2 count.  The Pirates got strong outings from Cesar Lopez, picking up for Jon Sandfort in the continuation, and from Dovydas Neverauskas.  An inside-the-park homerun by Elvis Escobar highlighted...
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August 23, 2012  |  Discuss

GCL Pirates Notes: Herrera, Allie, Lopez, Jhang, Herrand

Dilson Herrera (right) celebrates with Elvis Escobar (middle) and Jimmy Rider (left) after a two run homer. The last two days I watched the GCL Pirates in action, seeing a lot of the new draft picks and a lot of the lower level guys in action. The Pirates won 5-1 today, thanks to home runs from Dilson Herrera and Luis Urena, along with good pitching from Cesar Lopez. Below are some...
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July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Depth — Pitching, Part 3 (Lower Levels)

It’s not easy to project how the Pirates will manage their low level pitching staffs. A lot of factors beyond on-field performance come into play when the team is deciding which pitchers to promote, or how to divvy up the finite number of innings that are available. The team looks at health issues and the need to build up stamina, mechanical issues, fastball command, and other...
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January 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Changes Coming to International Free Agency

The Pirates spent $2.6 M on Luis Heredia in 2010. We’ve heard a lot about the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks as it pertains to the draft and free agency.  Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated tweeted a CBA update on the changes that could be coming to the international market.  Segura reports that the new CBA is said to include a hard cap and floor for international signings...
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November 16, 2011  |  Discuss
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