Where does Mets' Dominic Smith rank among the top first base prospects in baseball?

Smith was the Mets' first-round pick in 2013 Watch video Dominic Smith, the Mets' first-round pick in 2013, enjoyed a breakout season last year, capturing Florida State League MVP honors after batting .305 with six home runs and 79 RBI over 118 games with High-A St. Lucie. PLUS: Alderson ribs Harvey, Boras Smith's strong campaign...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dominic Smith Named Third Best First Base Prospect

Last night before all the craziness and joy of the Mets bringing back Yoenis Cespedes, MLB Pipeline announced their Top 10 first base prospects. Mets prospect Dominic Smith came in at #3 after the Astros A.J. Reed (former Mets draft pick) and the Pirates Josh Bell. Smith is coming off a great season in which he was the Florida State League Most Valuable Player after hitting...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Byung-Ho a no-go

Yawn…only 21 more weeks until Opening Day. Here’s a rundown of Pirates news from the past few days: – Anticipation was building over the weekend as several non-Pirate teams were ruled out, and it reached a high point on Monday morning when one report stated the Pirates were the team to win the bidding for Korean first baseman Byung-Ho Park, but that turned out to be incorrect...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Lester and Liriano

Sorry for the late post today; I have a meeting with my thesis committee tomorrow morning, I’m moving this weekend, and I have to make time for Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow, too, so it’s a pretty busy week for me. At this point a Pirates/Cubs series is pretty straightforward: the Pirates are awfully comfortable in the first Wild Card spot right now, but they won’t be if their...
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates sending two prospects to Future's Game

First baseman Josh Bell, the Pirates No. 3 prospect according to, and catcher Elias Diaz will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this season. While both will represent the Pirates organization, they will be on opposing teams as Bell will play for the U.S. and Diaz will play for the World Team. "Both of those guys probably are going...
Via Fox Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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

Jonathan Mayo of 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

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

MMO Fan Shot: A Case To Trade For Josh Bell

An MMO Fan Shot by Jason Bay The case for Josh Bell as I see it is threefold. 1) The longstanding belief that it is having many good players together for as much of their careers as possible, all at the same time that is the critical difference in how high a team can rise. (Think Rollins, Utley, Howard) 2) Combining Bell with Brandon Nimmo is a perfect fit as they compliment each...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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August 01, 2014  |  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...
July 30, 2014  |  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...
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July 29, 2014  |  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...
July 29, 2014  |  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...
July 23, 2014  |  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...
July 12, 2014  |  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.
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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.  I'll link back...
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, and...
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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