The Pirates announced their up to date list of Non-roster invitees last week and it looks like it could really be a fun Spring as they’ve included a who’s who list of top prospects.
All too often baseball fans casually glance through each teams’ Top 30 Prospect List and assume that these are the only guys that matter; that these are the only ones that are going to make it. Pittsburgh Pirates Fans are no different. And if we are being totally honest, I used to be no different.Continue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: The Forgotten”
I try to temper my enthusiasm for prospects, it’s just good practice both for writing about the team and for that matter being a fan. First of all, rarely do prospects reach MLB and become transformative players, well, at least in Pittsburgh anyway.
The year is 2023 and it’s opening day for Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Ke’Bryan Hayes is gearing up to take a run at winning his third Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in a row, as Liover Pegeuro and Nick Gonzalez field grounders from 1st Baseman Mason Martin. In theContinue reading “A Glimpse Into The Future Of The Pittsburgh Pirates”
Last week when General Manager Ben Cherington spoke with Jason Mackey of the PG, he talked about the desire to acquire at Fourth Outfielder ; a possibility our own Gary Morgan addressed just a few days ago. As Gary mentioned, it is clearly a need going into 2021; and how he manages this situation couldContinue reading “Pirates Outfield Options In The Rule 5”
For me the Rule 5 Draft is such an unpredictable process, that rarely produces anything beyond a roster filler or depth piece for the upcoming year, so I almost avoided writing a prediction piece as to who the Pirates will pick entirely; after all, I already wrote a breakdown of how I thought it wouldContinue reading “Cherington’s Possible Targets In The Rule 5 Draft”
Ever since the deadline passed to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft, Pirates Fans and media members alike have taken to social media, as well as their own sites and publications, to inform the masses of potential targets that other teams around Major League Baseball chose not to add to their 40-man rosters. TheseContinue reading “Breaking Down The Pirates Rule 5 Draft Possibilities”
About a week ago I wrote a column about the future of Jacob Stallings at the catcher position, which brought up the topic of three specific young catchers in the Pirates Farm System that I currently have my eye on; none of whom are ranked in the top prospects on any site at the presentContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: A Trio Of Young Catchers”
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with the Pirates Fifth Round Pick from the 2020 MLB June Amateur Draft, Logan Hoffman, on a lazy Sunday afternoon. As I have become more familiar with the decisions that players make concerning following the Junior College path to the majors, it hasContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: A JUCO Bandit”
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”