First Pitch: All of the Spring Training Updates on the Top 20 Pirates Prospects

A few weeks ago, Pete Ellis was down in Bradenton providing extra Spring Training coverage for the site. During the process of discussing article ideas, Pete and I kept having the same exchange. Pete: Have you done an article on [Insert Prospect Here]? Me: Yes. We’ve averaged between four and five articles per day on the site during Spring Training, with coverage between the minors...
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Why Should You Care About Prospects?

Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, with the schedule moved up to the morning due to expected thunderstorms in the afternoon. So I decided to head over to the Buccos sub-Reddit and hold an AMA (ask me anything, for those unfamiliar with Reddit terminology). The questions were good...
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How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, the Pirates spent more money in the amateur draft than any other team. They spent just shy of $50 M in bonuses during that four-year stretch, loading up on projectable prep pitchers, hard-to-sign hitters like...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Pitcher to Watch From the Pirates’ 2011 Draft

The 2011 draft is shaping up to be a great class for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They picked first overall that year, so naturally you’d expect good things from first round pick Gerrit Cole. They also went way over-slot to sign second round pick Josh Bell with a $5 M bonus, which set a record for any bonus after the first round. They set another record when they signed Clay Holmes...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Reason For the Adjustments For Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire

It might be difficult to surpass the talent that the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted in 2011. Not only did they land Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell in the top two rounds that year, but they also drafted breakout pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow, and other talented pitching prospects like Clay Holmes and Jason Creasy. If there is one other Pirates’ draft that could match the potential success...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Five Things to Watch During Pirates Minor League Camp

Minor league camp started this week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We’re still a little less than two weeks away from actual games being played, and not everyone has reported to camp yet, with the final reporting days coming in the next week or two. But seeing the minor leaguers back in action is a good thing, especially since there is nothing to write about at all in Major League...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Josh Bell, JaCoby Jones, and Austin Meadows Taking Non-Stop Batting Practice

I’ve been getting a lot of content at Pirate City the last two days, with the early arrival players now in camp. Yesterday I did a notes article on what I saw. I don’t have any notes today, since most of what I was doing this morning was getting the final information I needed for featured articles and videos the next two days. I’ve got a video feature on Connor Joe going up...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

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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February 26, 2015  |  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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February 26, 2015  |  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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February 24, 2015  |  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,, 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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February 20, 2015  |  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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February 19, 2015  |  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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February 17, 2015  |  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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February 17, 2015  |  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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February 09, 2015  |  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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February 09, 2015  |  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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February 04, 2015  |  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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February 04, 2015  |  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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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Seven Pirates In’s Top 100 Prospects List 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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January 30, 2015  |  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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January 30, 2015  |  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 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
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