Posts by John Dreker

Top 51 Pirates Prospects from Fangraphs

Prospect Rankings
On Wednesday morning, Fangraphs released their list of the top 51 prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They based the length of their lists on the players worth mentioning for each team, basing it on their Future Value projections. Basically, the longer the list, the more depth in the system. We…

Draft Prospect Watch: The Vandy Boys Take the Mound

2021 Draft
We usually start our weekly Draft Prospect Watch this week, but this year is a bit different, so we are going to start the profiles a little later. With the first overall pick, there aren’t many possibilities for the spot right now. Not enough to go weekly until the draft…

Pirates Add Hunter Owen as a Non-Roster Invite

News
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Saturday afternoon that they have added third baseman Hunter Owen as a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Owen finished the 2019 season with Indianapolis, where he hit .192/.297/.325 in 42 games. The 27-year-old was a 25th round pick in 2016. He was an All-Star at…

Pirates Reach Agreement with Todd Frazier on Minor League Deal

News
According to several sources, the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with 35-year-old Todd Frazier on a minor league deal, which is pending a physical. According to Jason Mackey, the deal will pay him $1.5 M if he makes the team. Kevin Kernan was the first to report the deal.…

Minor League Baseball Releases Full-Season Schedules

News
The 2021 minor league schedules have been released and there are a lot of adjustments with travel and dates due to safety restrictions put in place that are hopefully just for this one season. The Triple-A season will begin on April 6th, while the three lower level full-season teams open…

Averaging Out the Prospect Rankings

Prospect Rankings
We have posted about top 100 prospect rankings from Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, Baseball Prospectus, Keith Law, Kiley McDaniel and now Fangraphs. Six different sources and they all agree that Ke’Bryan Hayes is one of the top prospects in baseball. After that, not much else was the same. Hayes was…

Pirates Announce Minor League Coaching Staffs

News
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the minor league coaching staffs for their four full-season affiliates on Wednesday. Here are the lists: Indianapolis remains the same as the scheduled coaches for the 2020 season in the top three spots. Gustavo Omana isn’t new in the system, but this is his first year…

Day One of Spring Training: Bring on the Prospects

Analysis
If you’ve already downloaded the digital version of our tenth anniversary Prospect Guide, you may have noticed that a lot of those names in the top 50 prospects are also part of Spring Training this year for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pitchers and catchers report today, followed by the rest of…

Pirates Agree to Deal with Pitcher Tyler Anderson

News
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a deal with left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson according to Ken Rosenthal. Left-hander Tyler Anderson in agreement with Pirates on major-league deal, pending physical, source tells @TheAthletic. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 16, 2021 The 31-year-old Anderson has pitched five seasons in the majors…