Through The Prospect Porthole: A Year Without Minor League Baseball

This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking with several members of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 Draft and UDFA Class, all of whom are currently participating in the Instructional League at the Pirates Spring Training Facilitates in Bradenton, Florida. As each interview progressed I always found myself coming around to their individual draft experienceContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: A Year Without Minor League Baseball”

Pirates Youth Movement: Top Prospects Highlight Instructional League Roster

It goes without saying that this spring and summer was full of disappointments for Pirates fans and those within the Pittsburgh organization; from the Front Office, all the way down to the most recently drafted and acquired players. Much of this goes beyond the 19-41 record, accumulating injuries and underwhelming individual performances on the bigContinue reading “Pirates Youth Movement: Top Prospects Highlight Instructional League Roster”

The Pirates Rule 5 Protection Plan

Whenever the Rule 5 Draft is brought up to Pirates Fans it’s almost a guarantee that you will hear about how Pittsburgh acquired “The Great One” Roberto Clemente in 1954, even though the Dodgers tried, unsuccessfully” to hide him in Montreal. Now we all know that a move like this one is extremely unlikely; especiallyContinue reading “The Pirates Rule 5 Protection Plan”

Pirates Top Five Prospect Edition: A Way Too Early Projection Of The 26 Man Roster

The dust hasn’t completely settled from the Pirates disappointing 19-41 season and we are still about a month away from decisions concerning options and qualifying offers for arbitration, as well as the beginning of free agency, yet I can’t stop myself from thinking about the composition of Pittsburgh Opening Day Roster for 2021; especially theContinue reading “Pirates Top Five Prospect Edition: A Way Too Early Projection Of The 26 Man Roster”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Mason Martin Sets His Target On The Roller Coaster

When I first started in this business, you know blogging, back in November of 2019, the first article I chose to write was about a young left handed first baseman that I had gone to see play toward the end of the summer at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. That evening the PiratesContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Mason Martin Sets His Target On The Roller Coaster”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Revisiting The Journey Of Cody Ponce

Back in December when I was working for a now defunct Pirates website my main focus was prospects, which has always been a passion of mine. Due to this fondness of players who are constantly fighting to make their Major League Baseball games come true, I often become defensive of them when fans and othersContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Revisiting The Journey Of Cody Ponce”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Rodolfo Castro Is Impressing In Altoona

After speaking with Garett Mansfield from the Altoona Curve at length about the notable performances of Jason Martin and Jared Oliva at the alternative site, he brought up the somewhat unexpected play of Pirates Infield Prospect Rodolfo Castro. Mansfield noted that Castro has executed well at the plate, making regular hard contact, as well asContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Rodolfo Castro Is Impressing In Altoona”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Nick Mears Goes From Unknown To MLB

Signed as a free agent in August of 2018, this young right hander seemed to come from out of nowhere. Mears had pitched for two years at Sacramento City College, as well as two summers in the Northwoods League playing for the Willmar Stingers. It was during his second summer there that he really hitContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Nick Mears Goes From Unknown To MLB”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Centerfield Options For The Pirates

Prior to the start of the season General Manager Ben Cherington signed free agent veteran Jarrod Dyson to patrol centerfield at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates. From the beginning it was clear that this move was being made as a stopgap until the future player for this position was ready for the role. ItContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Centerfield Options For The Pirates”