First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?

Today I wrote up the 2014 Jamestown Jammers and Bristol Pirates season recaps, which you can check out by clicking on each of those team names. From a talent perspective, these two teams were clearly the weakest in the system. Some of that might have been due to the changes the Pirates made, adding an extra short-season team in Bristol this year. There are multiple reasons a team...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Highlights of Alen Hanson, Josh Bell, Austin Meadows and More From Friday

Today’s morning report consists of highlights from Friday’s Fall Instructional League game. The Pittsburgh Pirates “defeated” the Phillies with a lineup that consisted of Alen Hanson, Austin Meadows and Josh Bell in the top three spots. Dario Agrazal Jr started the game and he was followed later by Shane Carle, Angel Sanchez, Jerry Mulderig and Jake Burnette. The other Pirates...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Bradenton’s Prospect List is Strong at the Top

We continue with the third day of season recaps and top ten lists for each affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yesterday we took a look at the Altoona Curve and the long-term help that the 2014 squad could provide the Pirates down the line. On Wednesday, it was the Indianapolis prospect recap. Today, we take a look at the Bradenton Marauders top ten prospect list and what impact...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In 2014, the Bradenton Marauders featured the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league pitcher and player of the year. Tyler Glasnow was coming off an incredible season in West Virginia in 2013, when he won the Pitcher of the Year award. He followed that up with another impressive season in Bradenton, taking the award for the second year in a row. Josh Bell started the year in Bradenton...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Name Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Pitcher and Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named their annual award winners for the minor league pitcher and player of the year. For the second season in a row, Tyler Glasnow walked away with the pitcher’s award. Josh Bell won the Player of the Year award for the first time. Andrew Lambo won the player award last year. Glasnow finished the season with a 1.74 ERA in 124.1 innings. He had 157 strikeouts...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Pirates Have a Talented Instructional League Outfield

The Fall Instructional League roster came out on Monday for one of the Pirates two teams. The other one will be out later this week and we will discuss them then. The first team starts play on Wednesday and the roster is loaded with talented players. It’s possible that the Pirates could use these players in the same lineup for a game if they wanted to: C Reese McGuire 1B Josh Bell...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin the Fall Instructional League this week, commonly referred to as “instructs”.  The first games will be played on Wednesday, and the first day with full rosters in action will be on Saturday. Instructs is a league for minor league players, mostly guys in the lower levels, to get additional work at the end of the year. As the name of the league...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Have Four Baseball America 2014 Minor League All-Stars

Baseball America released their Minor League All-Stars for each classification of the minors, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having four players on the list. It should be noted that the classifications mean “Triple-A” and “Double-A”, rather than the individual leagues at those levels. So rather than just having to compete with every player in the International League, a player...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates had several top candidates for the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year award. The race ultimately came down to three players, with Josh Bell, JaCoby Jones, and Keon Broxton putting up the best numbers out of all of the full-season players. In the end, Bell was chosen as the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, making this the fourth year...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Jose Osuna Quietly Had a Strong Second Half

Back in 2012, I got to see the West Virginia Power play two series in Lakewood, giving me a first chance to see Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. I also got a chance to see a 19-year-old first baseman with a sweet line drive stroke from the right side. Jose Osuna had some strong games during the seven games he played in Lakewood, collecting hits in six of those games. He hit a homer...
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27 days 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...
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

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...
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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.  ...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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September 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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