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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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7 days ago  |  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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10 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Finishes on a Sour Note, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

On Thursday afternoon, Joely Rodriguez started the last game of the Arizona Fall League season. He came into the game with an 0.95 ERA, best among all starting pitchers in the AFL, but he didn’t continue his season-long success. Josh Bell and Elias Diaz were also in the lineup representing the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scottsdale won 8-5 over Salt River, giving them a 12-20 record. Rodriguez...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Two Hits For Josh Bell In Scottsdale Loss

With just three days left in the Arizona Fall League season, Scottsdale took on Glendale on Tuesday. Josh Bell was the designated hitter and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. The Scorpions lost 8-4, dropping them to 11-19 on the year with two games left. Tyler Glasnow will start Wednesday, followed by Joely Rodriguez in the season finale on Thursday. In the...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Josh Bell Continues to Struggle on Offense and Defense in 8-4 Loss

The Arizona Fall League began the last week of action on Monday afternoon. Thomas Harlan was on the mound for Scottsdale, while Josh Bell and Dan Gamache were both in the starting lineup. Adrian Sampson came in to pitch in relief. There was no AFL recap on Saturday because no Pirates players saw action. Scottsdale lost that game 5-1 and lost again on Monday to Salt River by an 8...
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18 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Continues Impressive Fall Campaign

On Friday night in the Arizona Fall League, Joely Rodriguez made his sixth start of the season and he continued his strong, season-long performance. All three Pittsburgh Pirates hitters were in the starting lineup, as Scottsdale defeated Glendale 1-0, giving them an 11-17 record. There are five games left in the AFL season. Rodriguez gave up a walk and a single in the first inning...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Tyler Glasnow Has Another Mixed Outing

On Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League Tyler Glasnow took the mound for Scottsdale, making his sixth start of the season. All three Pittsburgh Pirates hitters were in the lineup, as the Scorpions took on Peoria. Scottsdale lost 5-3, dropping them to 10-16 on the year. There are six games left in the AFL season, so Glasnow should see one more start. Tyler Glasnow began the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Process of Ranking Every Pirates Prospect

Today I finished putting together the first draft of the 2015 Pirates top 50 prospect list. The top 50 list is exclusive to the 2015 Prospect Guide, which you can currently pre-order on the products page of the site. As a result of this, plus getting the formatting of the book completed, I don’t really have an article topic tonight. So I thought I’d go into detail on the process...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Josh Bell Collects Two Hits As Scottsdale Gets Eliminated From Playoffs

On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale took on first place Salt River and had a 4-0 lead after the first inning, only to lose 8-4 and get eliminated from the playoffs. Josh Bell was the DH and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Adrian Sampson pitched in relief. There are seven games left in the AFL season. Bell had a bases loaded single...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Josh Bell and Elias Diaz Each Reach Base Three Times In Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions took on Peoria in an afternoon game on Tuesday, with Thomas Harlan starting and Josh Bell and Elias Diaz in the lineup. Harlan didn’t last long, giving up three first inning runs, as Scottsdale lost 5-2 to drop them to a 10-14 record. There are eight games left in the Arizona Fall League season and Scottsdale trails first place Salt River by seven games...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: News and Notes For Glasnow, Bell and Others

Scottsdale took on Peoria on Monday afternoon, coming back from the Fall-Star weekend break. Dan Gamache was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the lineup. Josh Bell was originally in the starting lineup, but he was a late scratch. Gamache ended up going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, as Scottsdale lost 6-5 to Peoria. With nine games left in the Arizona Fall League season, Scottsdale...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Josh Bell Reaches Base Four Times in Fall-Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League held their Fall-Stars game on Saturday night. The East squad had three Pittsburgh Pirates players on the roster, with Josh Bell in the starting lineup as the designated hitter. Catcher Elias Diaz and pitcher Adrian Sampson were also on the team. The East won the game 6-2. Bell came up to the plate in the second inning with a man on first(moved to second on...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Your 2017 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs?

The NL Central is turning into a difficult division. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been contenders for the last two seasons, and have one of the top farm systems in the game, with some of their best prospects coming up in the next two years. The St. Louis Cardinals are routinely at the top of the standings. But perhaps the biggest threat might be coming from the Cubs. Today it was...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Scouting Reports and Video For Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell

It was a relatively quiet day for Pittsburgh Pirates players in the Arizona Fall League. Scottsdale didn’t have a single Pirate in their lineup and after Thomas Harlan pitched yesterday, that meant there was still another day before Tyler Glasnow and Joely Rodriguez(Friday) would get their starts. Earlier in the day, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo posted a video about the Pirates...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base

Monday night was a slow night in winter ball, with just one game scheduled in each active league. In the Dominican, Wirfin Obispo retired all three batters he faced. He has thrown 4.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run. In Venezuela, Julio Vivas threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings over four appearances, giving up one hit...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

AFL: Thomas Harlan Strikes Out Seven, Two Hits For Elias Diaz in Loss

Before getting into the game recap from Tuesday, there is an Arizona Fall League update for Friday afternoon. Originally, no Scottsdale games were listed on the tv schedule from the AFL site, but that was(and still is) wrong. Scottsdale will be on MLB Network Friday afternoon and Joely Rodriguez will be the starting pitcher. He was just named the AFL Pitcher of the Week. Two other...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

AFL: Should Josh Bell’s Lack of Power Worry Pirates Fans?

The Scottsdale Scorpions played Monday afternoon with just one Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Josh Bell got the start at first base, as Scottsdale won 6-2 over Surprise, moving them to 9-9 on the season with 14 games left. Shortly before the game started, Bell was named to the Arizona Fall Leagues Fall-Stars game. Catcher Elias Diaz will also represent the Pirates...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Bell and Elias Diaz Named to AFL Fall-Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League announced the representatives for the annual Fall-Stars game to be held this Saturday night. First baseman Josh Bell and catcher Elias Diaz will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the game. The game usually has two players from each team, with a few teams sending one representative due to roster limitations. It normally isn’t based on results...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

AFL: Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times, Josh Bell Ejected

On Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale had Josh Bell and Elias Diaz in their lineup representing the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The Scorpions lost 7-3 to Mesa, dropping them to 7-7 on the season. Bell was in the lineup as the designated hitter. He popped up to second base with a runner on second to end the first inning. In the third inning, Bell came up...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

AFL: Josh Bell Picks Up Key Hit in Scottsdale’s Comeback Win

On Tuesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Josh Bell was the only Pirates player in the starting lineup for Scottsdale. On the road against Glendale, the Scorpions were getting no-hit through six innings, but ended up winning 7-6, with Adrian Sampson getting the save. Bell was in the designated hitter spot and walked on four pitches in his first plate appearance. The walk was...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pre-Order the 2015 Prospect Guide

The 2015 Prospect Guide is now available for pre-sales, and will be released in mid-December. This is the fifth year that we’ve published the Prospect Guide, and during that five-year span, the book has undergone some changes. The core focus of the book is still the same — to provide profiles and reports on every prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. This...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Throws Four Shutout Innings, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

Joely Rodriguez got the start on Monday night for Scottsdale, coming off three shutout innings his last time out. He did even better this time out, throwing four shutout innings. Three Pirates were in the starting lineup as Scottsdale won 7-3 to move to 6-6 on the season. Rodriguez gave up a single to the first batter, then immediately erased him on a pick-off. He struck out the...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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