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Dead(line) silence

The Pirates did absolutely nothing leading up to baseball’s trade deadline. This made people angry. From a lot of the reaction I saw, PNC Park might be burnt down by the time the Bucs return home next week. Look, I understand being frustrated, but the amount of negativity and vitriol directed at Huntington and the Pirates was incredible to me, although I guess that really shouldn’t...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trade deadline Wednesday: Dreaming of Jon Lester

This is where things stand on the Jon Lester front at ~10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 30th: the Red Sox have announced that he won’t make his scheduled start tonight, and while a trade isn’t done and no one knows where Lester will end up, it probably wouldn’t be unfair to characterize an eventual Lester trade as “imminent.” Ken Rosenthal reported last night that the Pirates...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates a dark horse to acquire Jon Lester

The Pittsburgh Pirates have emerged as a dark horse to possibly acquire Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester, according to Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fast-emerging dark horse in the Jon Lester sweepstakes, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in pursuit of the Boston ace as the Red Sox decide whether to trade him before Thursday’s deadline, major...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yahoo!: Pirates are ‘dark-horse’ to acquire Jon Lester

From Jeff Passan and Tim Brown at Yahoo! just now: The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fast-emerging dark horse in the Jon Lestersweepstakes, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in pursuit of the Boston ace as the Red Sox decide whether to trade him before the July 31 deadline, major league sources told Yahoo Sports. The trade talks are apparently centering on Josh Bell, which makes sense...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten Bold Predictions as the Deadline Approaches

The 2014 MLB trade deadline is about 24 hours away.  This is the best time to be a blogger, no matter how inaccurate our predictions or take turn out.  Grant Brisbee ran a great piece about fake trades here.  The long and the short of fake trades is that they are incredibly fun and usually incredible ill-conceived.  The omniscient Jim Bowden, who shouldn’t have a job, but is...
Via Off The Bench
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Could Reap OF Windfall In Pirate Trade

Bell, Ramirez, MeadowsOne of teams reportedly interested in trading for Jon Lester is the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buccos are currently just two games behind division-leading Milwaukee and could use a veteran stud in its generally mediocre rotation. With the inconsistent Gerrit Cole still recovering from injury, the BrewCrew currently features the following starters: Charlie Morton...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Antonio Bastardo a potential trade targe

With July coming to a close and several teams still in the playoff hunt, there are several buyers bidding for the same players. A major seller this season appears to be the Philadelphia Phillies, and on Monday 10 scouts, including the Pittsburgh Pirates were in attendance to check out Antonio Bastardo among others. According to John Perrotto from USA Today Sports, the Pirates are...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates rumors: Josh Bell addition

Josh Bell (Photo Credit: KDKA) The Chicago Cubs were in Bradenton, Florida last week scouting Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell, who is ranked No. 59 on the MLB’s Top 100 Prospect List. With the trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, the Pirates outfield seems to be set for several years. This is why Bell may be trade bait as the Pirates make...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes from the Field: Sally, Florida State, and Southern League Notes by Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser

First-hand takes on prospects from five teams, including the Pirates` Josh Bell.
Via Baseball Prospectus
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Keith Law has seven Pirates in his Top 100 prospects

We're in Top 100 prospects week, and today's the day for Keith Law's list. He's got seven Pirate prospects on the list: Gregory Polanco (13), Tyler Glasnow (20), Jameson Taillon (27), Austin Meadows (35), Nick Kingham (73), Alen Hanson (74), and Josh Bell (98). You can read more about it at Pirates Prospects, since Tim has an ESPN insider account and I do not.  ...
Via WHYGAVS?
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Seven Pirates among Baseball Prospectus's Top 101 Prospects

Jason Parks and Baseball Prospectus released their list of the top 101 prospects in baseball today, and the Pirates placed seven prospects on the list: Jameson Taillon (19), Gregory Polanco (24), Tyler Glasnow (42), Reese McGuire (59), Josh Bell (77), Nick Kingham (80), and Austin Meadows (89). Sky Kalkman's been doing some quick analysis of the list on his Twitter feed today...
Via WHYGAVS?
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Expected to Stay Internal in Search For Hitting Coach

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to stay internal in their search for a new hitting coach. Meanwhile, Travis Sawchik says assistant hitting coach Jeff Branson is a candidate for the position. #Pirates expect to stay internal in their search to replace hitting coach Jay Bell, who is joining #Reds as bench coach. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second straight year, the West Virginia Power featured the biggest breakout prospects in the system. Last year it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson who broke out. This year it was Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie. Along with those two, West Virginia had one of the most talented groups of prospects in the system this year. That was fueled by a strong pitching staff with ten...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Bell Could Be a Top 100 Prospect Next Year

Josh Bell could crack a top 100 prospect list next year. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of top prospects in their system. Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco have emerged as consensus top 25 prospects in baseball. Alen Hanson and Tyler Glasnow are both getting attention as top 50 prospects. Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire will most likely crack a lot of top 100 lists next year...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Pitchers Available in the 2014 Draft

Baseball America has released their first top 50 list for the 2014 draft class. This comes with the usual disclaimer that so much can change between now and the actual draft next June. That’s even true when it comes to the pre-season rankings. As an example, the pre-season 2013 rankings had Kris Bryant 12th (he went 2nd overall), Jonathan Gray unranked in the top 50 (he went 3rd...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Jamestown Eliminated From the Playoffs

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: West Virginia Eliminated; Jamestown Goes to Deciding Game

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Indy Eliminated; Bell and Meadows Power Their Teams 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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 06, 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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: The Austin Meadows Show Continues in Jamestown

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Meadows With Two More Hits; Dickson Goes Five Shutout

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Dickerson Has Four Hit Night With a HR; Bell Hits 13th HR

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Kingham and Glasnow Finish Their Regular Seasons Strong

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Glasnow, Bell, and Dickerson Get Post-Season All-Star Honors

Alex Dickerson was named to the Eastern League post-season All-Star team. Three Pirates prospects so far have been named to post-season All-Star teams in their respective leagues. Alex Dickerson was named to the Eastern League post-season All-Star team, while Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell were named to the South Atlantic League team. Dickerson has a .287/.334/.493 line in 432 at-bats...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Q&A: Josh Bell, Pirates Outfield Prospect

Two years ago, Josh Bell did the unexpected. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs boldly drafted Bell in the second round, despite his proclamation — through a letter to all 30 teams — that he would be attending the University of Texas. The product of Dallas’ Jesuit College Preparatory School was committed to […]
Via Fangraphs
August 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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