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Pirates Prospect Watch: The Pirates Have Hitting in Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling at the plate at the Major League level. Fortunately for them, a lot of their hitters in Triple-A are...

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After Dropping to .500, Pirates Could Turn To Help in Triple-A

After losing 6-1 to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped to .500 on the season, finishing their week by getting...

P2Daily: High Times/Low Times

Saturday was a convergence of many schedules to create an eclipse type moment for me. For starters, I try to take off work every...

Pirates Prospects Daily: Hard Hits

What has stood out about Quinn Priester in the early games in Triple-A this year is his high whiff rate. The 2019 first rounder...

Aroldis Chapman Suspended For Two Games

Pittsburgh Pirates flame throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman was suspended for two games, after being ejected earlier this week for arguing the strike zone with...

Prospect Watch

Pirates Prospect Watch: Never Giving Up

I liked the story of Javier Rivas on Sunday. The tall shortstop for the Bradenton Marauders went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three...

Pirates Prospect Watch: Braxton Ashcraft Has His Best Start of the Season

Braxton Ashcraft hadn't gotten off to the best start this season. In his first two appearances of the year, the right-hander allowed six runs...

Pirates Prospect Watch: Nick Gonzales Extends Hitting Streak to Eleven Games

The Pirates sent down 2020 seventh overall pick Nick Gonzales this spring, relegating him to a depth option for the second base position. He...

Scouting Notes

First Pitch

On Tuesday this week, I woke up in an emergency room parking lot. The sun was not up yet around 6 AM as I got out of my car to walk toward the row of three port-a-pottys...

First Pitch: Does Pirates Prospects Need to Exist?

Last year, I asked a simple question behind the scenes: Does Pirates Prospects need to exist? We've reached a point in time on the internet that I predicted years ago. When I started this site in 2009,...

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Enough Talent to Contend in 2024?

This week saw the return of prospects rankings to Pirates Prospects. That was once a core feature of this site, which has been removed for two years. Over the years, I gradually moved to a tiered ranking...

Player Features

Columns

If you're looking for something to lift your spirits each day in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, might I suggest taking a look at the pitching. Anywhere. Any level. At the Major League level, the Pirates have a 3.55...

Williams: The Impact of Pirates Hitting Coach Andy Haines

In 2021, the Milwaukee Brewers won first place in the NL Central, despite having the 19th best wOBA and the 23rd best wRC+ in baseball. They were eliminated by the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS in...

Williams: The Pirates Should Be Taking a Cautious Approach With Paul Skenes

In my premium column for Patreon subscribers, I looked at the cautious approach the Pirates are taking with Paul Skenes. I agree with the approach, but broke down how it could have limits that would call for him being up before the Super Two dates pass.

Statcast Heroes

Statcast Heroes: Jared Jones, Paul Skenes, Aroldis Chapman, Edward Olivares

Each week in Statcast Heroes, I’ll be recapping the weekly leaders at each level of the Pittsburgh Pirates system that has data available. That includes the Major Leagues, Triple-A, and Single-A. The results give a quick...
It's early in the season. That's the disclaimer you'll read below several times. Having said it for the first time, I'll say that this has been my favorite article to put together. The scouting process requires...

Statcast Heroes: A Surprising Pirates Offense and Whiffs From Indianapolis

The addition of Statcast data throughout the game of baseball allows for a deeper understanding of player performance. We know instantly how hard and how far a batter hit a baseball, and we're able to track...

Discussion

Saturday Sleepers

Saturday Sleepers: Carlos Jimenez Has One of the Best Changeups in the System

In early 2022, I saw Carlos Jimenez pitch for the Bradenton Marauders. Of all the players who played in Single-A on that particular day,...

Saturday Sleepers: Valentin Linarez Added Velocity and Improved Control in 2023

Valentin Linarez had one of the biggest recorded velocity jumps in minor league baseball last year. Baseball America tracked the year-over-year four-seam velocity gainers from...

Saturday Sleepers: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 17 year old throw 100 miles an hour”

At the start of the 2023 international signing period, the Pittsburgh Pirates added David Matoma as their first signing out of Uganda. The right-handed...

Saturday Sleepers: Omar Alfonzo is a Catching Prospect to Follow

On March 26, 2023, the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Omar Alfonzo to big league camp for a day. A catcher entering his age 19 season,...

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Pirates Prospect Watch: The Pirates Have Hitting in Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling at the plate at the Major League level. Fortunately for them, a lot of their hitters in Triple-A are...

After Dropping to .500, Pirates Could Turn To Help in Triple-A

After losing 6-1 to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped to .500 on the season, finishing their week by getting...

Pirates Prospect Watch: Never Giving Up

I liked the story of Javier Rivas on Sunday. The tall shortstop for the Bradenton Marauders went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three...

First Pitch: 100 Days of Being Homeless in a Honda For Science and Routine

On Tuesday this week, I woke up in an emergency room parking lot. The sun was not up yet around 6 AM as I got...

P2Daily: High Times/Low Times

Saturday was a convergence of many schedules to create an eclipse type moment for me. For starters, I try to take off work every...

Pirates Prospect Watch: Braxton Ashcraft Has His Best Start of the Season

Braxton Ashcraft hadn't gotten off to the best start this season. In his first two appearances of the year, the right-hander allowed six runs...

Saturday Sleepers: Carlos Jimenez Has One of the Best Changeups in the System

In early 2022, I saw Carlos Jimenez pitch for the Bradenton Marauders. Of all the players who played in Single-A on that particular day,...

Pirates Prospects Daily: Hard Hits

What has stood out about Quinn Priester in the early games in Triple-A this year is his high whiff rate. The 2019 first rounder...

Pirates Prospect Watch: Nick Gonzales Extends Hitting Streak to Eleven Games

The Pirates sent down 2020 seventh overall pick Nick Gonzales this spring, relegating him to a depth option for the second base position. He...

Williams: Pitching Provides the Promise for the Pittsburgh Pirates

If you're looking for something to lift your spirits each day in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, might I suggest taking a look at the...

Aroldis Chapman Suspended For Two Games

Pittsburgh Pirates flame throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman was suspended for two games, after being ejected earlier this week for arguing the strike zone with...

Pirates Prospect Watch: Paul Skenes and Bubba Chandler Impress Again

I normally limit the featured section of this article to a single player. On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates had top pitching prospects Paul...
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