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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding four players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 12th. The players on the lists below are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. When a player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, that means any team can select him in the draft, paying $50,000 to the former team. The drafting team has to protect...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Scottsdale Eliminated From Playoffs

In the Arizona Fall League on Saturday afternoon, the Scottsdale Scorpions nearly got shutout again by Glendale, this time losing by a 3-2 score. They didn’t collect their first hit until the seventh inning and had just three in the game. Four Pittsburgh Pirates players got into action.  Both Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe were in the lineup on Saturday, after each sat out last...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Two Hits For Alex Dickerson in Loss

On Thursday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions had their three game winning streak snapped, losing 4-2 to Surprise.  Three Pittsburgh Pirates were in the starting lineup on Thursday night. Alen Hanson was at the top of the order, playing shortstop. Alex Dickerson was in left field, batting clean-up. Gift Ngoepe was at second base and batting in the nine hole...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Hanson and Ngoepe Collect RBI’s in Victory

On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale was able to break their eight game losing streak, winning 7-4 in ten innings at Peoria. On Tuesday, the same two teams met up in Scottsdale and the Scorpions were able to make it two in a row, winning 4-0 with help from both Pittsburgh Pirates players in the lineup.  Both Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe were in the starting...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible. **If a player was...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Waldron Gives Up Two Runs In Loss

On Friday night in Arizona Fall League action, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost 3-1 to Surprise, dropping their record to 7-8 and putting them 3.5 games back of the division leading Mesa Solar Sox. Gift Ngoepe was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He batted ninth and was at second base. He came into the game just 2-for-22 on the season. In his first AB in the...
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October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Alen Hanson Homers In Loss, Phil Irwin Struggles

The Scottsdale Scorpions lost to Mesa today by a 7-4 score, dropping their record to 7-7 on the season. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Phil Irwin was the starter and Zack Thornton came out of the bullpen. Irwin ended up taking the loss. Alen Hanson was batting second and came up in the first inning with a man on first. He quickly made the score 2-0...
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October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Hanson Hits Walk-Off Single In Extra Innings

Scottsdale continued to play well after a slow start, winning 2-1 over Mesa on a walk-off hit in the tenth inning on Wednesday. They are now 7-6 on the season after losing five of their first six games.  Alen Hanson was back in the lineup after sitting out on his 21st birthday on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he was hitting second in the order. In his first AB, Hanson drew a nine pitch...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Ngoepe Helps Scottsdale to 5-1 Victory

After starting the season with a 1-5 record, the Scottsdale Scorpions evened their record at 6-6 with a 5-1 win on the road against Glendale on Tuesday afternoon.  Gift Ngoepe was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and the only one to get into the game. He batted lead-off and played shortstop. Ngoepe got Scottsdale on the board in the top of the first inning...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/15/13

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 4 Albert Almora: 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO Albert Almora grounds out, third baseman Peter O'Brien to first baseman Angel Villalona. Albert Almora walks. With Taylor Lindsey batting, missed catch error by Angel Villalona on the pickoff attempt, Albert Almora to 2nd. Albert Almora hits a ground-rule double (2) on a fly ball to left-center field. David Freitas...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson and Gift Ngoepe Double in Loss

Mesa knocked off Scottsdale for the second straight day, winning on Tuesday afternoon by a 7-4 score. It was the fifth straight loss for the Scorpions, who used five different Pirates players today. At the plate, Scottsdale continued to have trouble making contact, following up a 17 strikeout game on Friday, with 15 strikeouts on Tuesday. Hanson has made five errors already in the...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Thirty Strikeouts in Scottsdale’s 5-1 Loss to Glendale

Scottsdale took on Glendale in the fourth game of the Arizona Fall League season on Friday night. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup tonight and another came out of the bullpen. Scottsdale lost for the third straight game after winning the season opener. Glendale won the game by a 5-1 score as their pitchers struck out 17 batters. Scottsdale pitchers were...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Dickerson Reaches Base Three Times in Loss

In game two of the Arizona Fall League schedule, Scottsdale lost 12-2 to Salt River, giving them their first loss. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup and another made an appearance out of the bullpen.  Gift Ngoepe batted lead-off and played shortstop, while Alen Hanson was on the bench tonight. Hanson reached base three times in the season opener Tuesday...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Jameson Taillon Heading to the Arizona Fall League

Jameson Taillon will be heading to the Arizona Fall League. Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon will be heading to the Arizona Fall League this year, Pirates Prospects has learned. A few weeks ago the initial AFL rosters were released, with Alen Hanson, Alex Dickerson, Gift Ngoepe, Tyler Waldron, and Zack Thornton all attending. Taillon is a new addition to the list,...
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September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Austin Meadows is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For August

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of August and the first few days of September. The rankings include every...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Pat Ludwig gave up one run in seven innings tonight. Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His...
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August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Pat Ludwig gave up one run in seven innings tonight. Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His...
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August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Pat Ludwig gave up one run in seven innings tonight. Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His...
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August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching Dominates Tuesday Night

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 31, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Some Tough Questions to Answer in the Upcoming Prospect Rankings

A question I get a lot these days is “why isn’t Stetson Allie in your top 20?” The answer is that we don’t update the top 20 until after the MLB draft. The rankings that we display on the Prospect Watch each night are the pre-season rankings. There have been a few changes. Stolmy Pimentel was added when Justin Wilson made the majors at the start of the year. Pimentel wasn’t...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Glasnow Continues to Strike Everyone Out; Karstens Rehabs

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...
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May 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

Nick Kingham fanned 26 in his last 17 innings. A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates’ full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling despite a good rotation led by Jameson Taillon...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Notebook: Recapping Week One in Altoona

I should start by acknowledging that I’m taking some liberties by saying “week one” since I’m actually looking back over the first 11 games of the season. This review highlights the Curve players who have grabbed my attention at this very early stage of the season. Before diving in, it is PIVOTAL to remember that we are dealing with some super-small sample sizes at this point...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Sadler, Cunningham lead Curve to victory in home opener

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...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Sadler Solid In Win, Bradenton Remains Winless

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...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

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