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How Josh Bell’s Move to First Base Could Solve His Late-Season Drop in Power

The Pittsburgh Pirates will enter the 2015 season with Pedro Alvarez as their starting first baseman. Corey Hart will get some time as a platoon partner, and Andrew Lambo will be a depth option, likely making the Opening Day roster as a bench outfielder. There are question marks with all three first basemen. Can Alvarez make the transition to the new position, and can he return to...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Change That Will Help Tyler Glasnow Reach His Upside

The 2011 draft made headlines for the Pittsburgh Pirates for two main reasons. They selected Gerrit Cole first overall, and gave him a record-setting bonus of $8 M. They also took Josh Bell in the second round, then gave him a $5 M bonus, which is a record for the biggest bonus outside of the first round. But the best story of that draft could end up being their fifth round pick...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: There is a Need in MLB For an International Draft

During the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, MLB made sweeping changes to the draft and international markets, restricting what teams could spend, and imposing harsh fines on teams that went over their budgeted amounts. A big factor for the changes in the draft was due to the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Josh Bell for $5 M in the second round, and spending just under $50 M over...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Averaging Out the Top Prospect Rankings

Baseball America released their top 100 prospects list on Thursday night. We now have five major prospect lists available, so it’s time to average out the lists to see where the top Pirates prospects rank. We are using Baseball America, MLB.com, FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law. All five lists can be found in the link above. The Pirates had a total of seven players...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Where are the West Virginia Breakout Candidates?

Over the last few years, West Virginia has been the team to watch in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system. The 2012 season saw the breakouts of Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. It had top draft prospects like Josh Bell and Nick Kingham. There were also guys who eventually improved their prospect status in the upper levels, like Elias Diaz and Willy Garcia. Tyler Glasnow was the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Pirates Make Fangraphs Top 100 List

On Tuesday morning, Fangraphs released their top 200 prospects list. Just three Pirates made the top 100, led by Tyler Glasnow in 12th, with Austin Meadows ranking 30th and Jameson Taillon rated 66th overall. Two other players were just outside the top 100, with Josh Bell finishing 103rd and Nick Kingham ranked 111th. After 142nd place, the last 58 players are just listed in one...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Altoona Curve: Top Prospects, Roster Projections, and Position Battles

Yesterday I started previewing some of the position battles that you can expect at each level during Spring Training. The first preview was the 2015 Indianapolis Indians. As usual, most of the Triple-A position battles are a result of a fall-out from the battles in MLB camp. Since there aren’t really any battles in MLB camp this year, and since there aren’t many surprises in...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top 20 Prospects

Over the last month, we have been counting down our top 20 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects for the 2015 season. We finished the countdown on Friday, with Tyler Glasnow being named the top prospect in the system. If you enjoyed the write-ups for each prospect, I recommend purchasing the 2015 Prospect Guide. It includes 30 more write-ups like these for the complete top 50 prospects. It...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Have Five in Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects

Baseball Prospectus has released their top 101 prospects, and placed five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on the list. Their list was a bit different than the other lists, as they didn’t have any Pirates in the top 20, and had a few players ranked in much different orders than everyone else. The top prospect was Tyler Glasnow, coming in at 21st overall. Glasnow has been the top prospect...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Keith Law Ranks Six Pirates Among the Best Prospects at Their Position

After posting his top 100 prospects list and his top ten for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Keith Law posted his top prospects by position(subscription required) on Wednesday afternoon. Six Pirates players made the lists, which were different lengths based on the strength/depth of the position. For catchers, Reese McGuire grabbed the tenth spot. Eight catchers were listed in his top 100...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #3 – Austin Meadows

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #4 – Josh Bell

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Seven Pirates In MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects List

MLB.com announced their top 100 prospects list. See the link and updates at the bottom of this page. Jim Callis mentioned on the radio earlier this week that there were seven Pittsburgh Pirates players on the list and the final tally is at the bottom of this page. Based on the top ten at each position, Tyler Glasnow should head the Pirates list. He ranked third overall for right...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Keith Law’s Top Ten Pirates Prospects

In the previous two days, Keith Law has released his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball and he ranked each organization according to the strength of their farm system. On Friday, he posted the individual top tens for each organization. The Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on his top 100 list and those players remained in the same order in his top ten. Tyler Glasnow was...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Pirates Make Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospect List

Keith Law released his top 100 prospect list today(subscription required) and the Pittsburgh Pirates have five players on the list. Led by Tyler Glasnow in the 13th spot, he also has Austin Meadows at #32, Jameson Taillon at #36, Josh Bell ranked 60th overall and Alen Hanson takes the 89th spot. Insiders can see the profiles for the top 50 prospects here, and prospects 51-100 here...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

First Pitch: MLB’s Biggest Problem Has Nothing to Do With Pitch Clocks or Defensive Shifts

Major League Baseball has a problem. That problem has nothing to do with the pace of the game or the length of the game. It has nothing to do with defensive shifts or a lack of offense. The problem isn’t a lack of short-term interest. We’re coming out of a season where baseball just recorded their seventh biggest attendance season of all time, all while making billions of dollars...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Dominic Smith Named MLB’s 4th Best First Base Prospect

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released his list of the top ten first base prospects in baseball today, and Dominic Smith came in at #4 on the list, with Josh Bell of the Pirates topping off the rankings at #1. “Smith was thought to be the best pure high school hitter in the Draft class of 2013, and he was the third prep bat taken that June when the Mets selected him with the 11th pick...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball America Unveils 2015 Top Ten Pirates Prospects List

Baseball America released their top ten prospects list for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday and not surprisingly, Tyler Glasnow has been ranked the top prospect in the system. Earlier this off-season, they named him the top prospect in the Florida State League and also he also made their minor league All-Star team. The complete list can be found below, along with links to the Pirates...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang

A week ago, the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang. The rumored cost for Kang will be four years and $20 M, and that doesn’t include the $5 M that the Pirates spent to negotiate with him. For the last week, one of the big themes I’ve been seeing in discussions about Kang is the anticipation...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Top 10 Prospects

1. Tyler Glasnow There isn’t much more to add to Glasnow’s profile that his statistics won’t tell you. He strikes guys out – a lot of guys for that matter. Of the South Atlantic League pitchers that threw 100 or more innings in 2013, he led the circuit with a 13.26 K/9 mark. At the same 100 IP point, he came in 2nd in the FSL in 2014 at 11.36 K/9. However, with the good there...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Where Would Jung-Ho Kang Have Ranked in the 2015 Prospect Guide?

After the news yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiation rights for Jung-Ho Kang, a thought went through my mind: I’m glad I don’t have to figure out where he fits in the 2015 Prospect Guide. The book went to publishing a week before the news was announced, and was released on Friday. Technically, Kang is prospect eligible. He doesn...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Named Among Top AFL Prospects

MLB.com has released their top 25 list for prospects in the Arizona Fall League. They pointed out that this year was a particularly strong year for prospects in the league and they expanded the list from their normal twenty spots. Two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the list, with Tyler Glasnow leading the way in fifth place and Josh Bell ranked 16th overall. There seems to be...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyler Glasnow Named Fifth Best Prospect In AFL

Baseball America released their list of the top ten prospects that took part in the Arizona Fall League this year. Tyler Glasnow was the only Pittsburgh Pirates representative on the list, coming in fifth. Glasnow is the highest ranked pitcher on the list. BA also listed 12 players that fell just short of the list with no mention of Josh Bell, who may have fallen slightly out of...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Didn’t Perform Like Top Prospects in the AFL, But Should That Matter?

The 2014 Arizona Fall League wrapped up on Thursday for the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects and now it’s time to look back on the season. For the two top prospects in the system, the AFL season could be called disappointing. Tyler Glasnow did not pitch like one of the top prospects in baseball, while Josh Bell didn’t hit at all and his defense was below average at first base. Each...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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