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 and the majors. Pete and I eventually found some topics for him to cover that I hadn’t gotten to yet. But the situation had me wondering if there was anyone else who might have missed a few articles along the way.

To this point, we have written about every single prospect in our pre-season top 20 list. In most cases, we’ve written about these prospects multiple times. That’s no surprise, since writing about prospects is what we do best. In case you might have missed any of the coverage, here is a list of all the articles we’ve written on that top 20 list.

1. Tyler Glasnow

What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow Picks Up Where He Left Off in First Game of Minor League Camp

Can Tyler Glasnow Make it to Indy by End of 2015?

The Change That Will Help Tyler Glasnow Reach His Upside

2. Jameson Taillon

Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Recovery

Jameson Taillon Feels Good After His First Time Facing Hitters in a Year

The Evolution of Jameson Taillon’s Delivery

Looking Beyond the Numbers to Find Jameson Taillon’s Upside

3. Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows Lowered His Hand Position to Add More Power

The Reason for the Adjustments With Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire

4. Josh Bell

See How Josh Bell is Doing in His Move to First Base

How Josh Bell’s Move to First Could Solve His Late-Season Drop in Power

5. Reese McGuire

The Change Reese McGuire Made to Improve His Hitting

The Reasons For the Adjustments With Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire

Reese McGuire will start the 2015 Season in Bradenton

6. Nick Kingham

Improving His Two-Seam Fastball Will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

What Happened to Nick Kingham’s Command in 2014

Kingham Will be a Mid-Season Depth Option for Pirates in 2015

7. Alen Hanson

The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

8. Mitch Keller

Even With The New Draft Rules, The Pirates Are Still Loading Up On Projectable Pitchers

9. Cole Tucker

Pirates are Giving Cole Tucker an Aggressive Promotion to West Virginia

10. Elias Diaz

Diaz Continues to Impress Hurdle

How Elias Diaz Quickly Became the Catcher of the Future

11. Harold Ramirez

Another Seven Figure Bonus Player Missing Time Due to Conditioning

12. Adrian Sampson

Don’t Forget About This Pitcher When Creating Your Pirates Dream Rotation

13. John Holdzkom

Has John Holdzkom Totally Shed His Command Issues

14. Cody Dickson

The Mental Adjustment That Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

15. Trey Supak

Even With The New Draft Rules, The Pirates Are Still Loading Up On Projectable Pitchers

16. Gage Hinsz

Even With The New Draft Rules, The Pirates Are Still Loading Up On Projectable Pitchers

17. Clay Holmes

No Tommy John Setbacks For Holmes

An Update on the Tommy John Rehab for Clay Holmes 

The Other Tall, Hard-Throwing Pirates Pitcher Returning From Tommy John Surgery

18. Willy Garcia

Is There a Future For Willy Garcia and Mel Rojas

Willy Garcia Has Some of the Best Power in the System, But One Thing Holds Him Back

19. JaCoby Jones

JaCoby Jones Did Fine With the Move to Shortstop, But He Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

20. Luis Heredia

Luis Heredia Hasn’t Pitched in Two Weeks, While the Pirates Get Him in Better Shape

Luis Heredia’s Goal is to Finish 2015 in Altoona

Bonus Prospects

Here are some guys who were either just outside the top 20, or who weren’t in the system when we made our pre-season rankings.

Mel Rojas Jr.

Is There a Future For Mel Rojas and Willy Garcia

What is the Difference Between Mel Rojas and Keon Broxton

Jason Creasy

Another Pitcher to Watch From the 2011 Draft

Jordan Luplow

Who’s on Third? In the Pirates System it Could be Anyone

Connor Joe

Who’s on Third? In the Pirates System it Could be Anyone

Connor Joe Will Likely Start the 2015 Season in Extended Spring Training

Meet Connor Joe, the First Round Pick You Know Nothing About

Stephen Tarpley

How Stephen Tarpley is Following the Successful Adjustments He Made With Orioles

Will the Snider Trade Result in Pirates Finally Having a Left-Handed Starting Prospect

Steven Brault

Will the Snider Trade Result in Pirates Finally Having a Left-Handed Starting Prospect

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Thanks for the update/links…
Any chance you will be updating this for the end of Spring Training – some sort of grade for how they did and where each will start the year in a single spreadsheet of page [or 2]

Lee Foo Young

Thanks Tim….all those articles would be found on no other site, but here.

I remember as a kid listening to the Joe L Brown show once a week. He would talk about all the youngsters coming up like Al Oliver, Richie Hebner, Bob Robertson, etc. It was so exciting, but very limited.

Your site fills in the gaps and goes behind the scenes.


The Pirates are loaded with MLB Prospect RHSP’s for the foreseeable future based on the 2013 and 2014 drafts, and I will definitely be wanting to get as much early feedback as possible on guys like LHSP’s Cody Dickson, Stephen Tarpley, Steven Brault, John Sever, Orlando Castro, and others. There are a few LHSP’s in the draft, and one that may bob around the #19 area could be Andrew Suarez of Miami, who could possibly start out as a LHRP very quickly – he is a RS Junior and already in his age 23 season, so he would have to move fast.

Lee Foo Young

Personally, I think Castro’s best chance to make it to the majors, if at all, is as a LH RP.

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