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Examining the State College Minicamp Roster

Yesterday, Pirates Prospects posted State College’s minicamp roster.  This serves as something of a preliminary roster for the early season, but there will inevitably be changes as more players from… Read more »


The Pirates’ selection of Mark Appel in the first round of the 2012 draft was fitting in a way. I’ve always been convinced that the record $5M bonus they paid… Read more »


The Pirates’ announcement that Stetson Allie is moving from the mound to thirdbase is hardly good news.  As a pitcher, Allie was rated as a mid-1st round talent at the time of the draft. … Read more »

The Closer Debate and . . . Julian Tavarez?

Tim’s recent posts about closers reminded me of an interesting interlude in Pirates’ Closer History that got virtually no attention at the time.  Back in 2003, when Kevin McClatchy ordered Dave Littlefield… Read more »

Some Brief Observations About Josh Bell

Just a few comments here, since there’s been some limited discussion online about Josh Bell’s first few games.  I saw three of the four games that West Virginia played in their… Read more »

Real Decisions in the Farm System

If you’ve been reading Tim’s articles on the minor league rosters, one thing that should have become apparent is that the Pirates have had to make some difficult decisions in assigning… Read more »

Pirate City — 3/27

Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie took the mound today against the Blue Jays’ single A teams.  Both had uneven outings in different ways.  Taillon allowed a solo HR in the… Read more »

Pirate City — March 25

Today the Pirates’ upper level minor leaguers took on the Blue Jays.  As always, the scores were somewhat of a mystery, but I’m pretty sure the Pirates’ AAA squad won… Read more »

Pirate City — 3/19

Another pair of A-ball games today, this time against the Phillies.  The highlight without a doubt was Nick Kingham, who threw four impressive innings apart from a brief glitch at… Read more »

Pirate City — 3/18

I made it to Pirate City today for the first time this year since the minor leaguers took over the facility.  It’s interesting to see how much things have changed… Read more »