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Skenes takes Round 1 in head-to-head with fellow No. 1 overall pick

Top pitching prospect retires Holliday, throws 1-2-3 inning in debut
@AlexJStumpf
February 29, 2024

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A matchup of Paul Skenes and Jackson Holliday is perhaps the most exciting pitcher-batter battle this spring. The two were the first overall Draft pick the past two years and rank as the top hitting and pitching prospect on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100. “I wasn’t going to

Pirates' No. 3 prospect wows in spring debut

@AlexJStumpf
February 24, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jared Jones insists that his breaking pitch is a slider, not a cutter, regardless of how it was classified online. It certainly spins like a slider, consistently hitting over 2,500 rpm in the Pirates’ Grapefruit League-opening 5-3 loss Saturday against the Twins at the Lee Health

Johnson impressing Bucs as youngest guy in camp

@AlexJStumpf
February 21, 2024

This story was excerpted from Alex Stumpf’s Pirates Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. BRADENTON, Fla. -- One look at Termarr Johnson's T-shirt showed where his priorities were this winter. The first was what was emblazoned on the

Skenes vs. Holliday? PIT-BAL intriguing matchup in Spring Breakout

February 15, 2024

BRADENTON, Fla. -- When looking towards the upcoming Spring Breakout game between the Pirates and Orioles, there is one matchup that immediately stands out. “Seeing Paul [Skenes] versus [Jackson] Holliday is going to be pretty cool,” Bubba Chandler said. A potential matchup between the last two No. 1 overall Draft

Former top picks, potential future battery, develop early rapport

February 14, 2024

BRADENTON, Fla. – Wednesday was the first day of pitcher and catcher workouts at Pirate City. But for Paul Skenes and Henry Davis, their work together started a few weeks ago, when the backfields were much quieter. Skenes has bounced around this winter -- from his alma mater at LSU

Skenes among 5 Top 100 prospects invited to Bucs camp

@JakeCrouseMLB
January 30, 2024

The Pirates announced their initial list of non-roster invitees for 2024 Spring Training, and a number of exciting prospects made the cut, including five in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100. Among the 13 players invited are right-hander Paul Skenes, infielder Termarr Johnson, right-hander Jared Jones, left-hander Anthony Solometo and right-hander Bubba

Bucs land 5 prospects in Pipeline's Top 100

@JakeCrouseMLB
January 26, 2024

The Pirates’ farm system is still as strong as ever at the top, and MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects reveal on Friday only solidified that point. Pittsburgh landed five prospects on the Top 100 list, led by 2023 No. 1 overall Draft pick Paul Skenes, who remained at No. 3

Pirates celebrate signing class at Dominican complex

@JakeCrouseMLB
January 19, 2024

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- For many of the players in the Pirates’ 2024 international signing class, signing day on Friday will be one of the most memorable days of their lives. Their new organization made sure it was treated as such. Inside the large batting cages, surrounded by the

Will Iverson Allen be the answer in Bucs' OF? Maybe after a little practice

@JakeCrouseMLB
January 19, 2024

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Pirates signed 16 players from their international class of 2024 at their Dominican Academy on Friday. And they hope one of the signings can be “The Answer” in their outfield years down the road. No, not Allen Iverson, but Iverson Allen -- and yes,

Pirates expected to add pair of Dominican prospects

@jesus_cano88 and @JesseABorek
January 15, 2024

The Pirates are set to add two talented international prospects hailing from the Dominican Republic to their organizational ranks as the 2024 signing period opens Monday. According to industry sources, Pittsburgh has agreed to deals with outfielder Bralyn Brazoban and shortstop Abdiel Feliz. The Pirates, who received $7,114,800 in pool

Davis putting in the work to catch on at catcher

@JakeCrouseMLB
January 7, 2024

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Paul Skenes' top moments so far

January 3, 2024

Ashcraft's rocky road to Bucs' 40-man roster

@JakeCrouseMLB
November 19, 2023

This story was excerpted from the Pirates Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. When he was a junior in high school, Braxton Ashcraft was a star receiver for Robinson High School in Robinson, Texas, a town of about

Breaking down the Bucs’ Rule 5 protections

@JakeCrouseMLB
November 15, 2023

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Here are the Pirates' 2023 Organization All-Stars

Johnson patiently paces path toward Pittsburgh
@Gerard_Gilberto
November 8, 2023

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Pittsburgh Pirates. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Indianapolis: 70-78 Double-A

New logo has Pirates affiliate hopping with excitement

@BensBiz
November 1, 2023

On the cusp of their 20th year as the Grasshoppers, Greensboro’s Minor League team has taken a leap forward. The Grasshoppers, High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, unveiled refreshed logos and uniforms during a ballpark event on Wednesday evening. The long-running South Atlantic League team, which adopted the Grasshoppers moniker

Q&A: Pirates prospect discusses Fall League, Skenes and the ABS system

@JesseABorek
October 26, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – When the Pirates first acquired Carter Bins from the Mariners in July 2021 as part of the return package for left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson, the backstop reported to Double-A Altoona. That level is where Bins wound up spending most of his in-game action in 2023 after a

Tuesday's top prospect Fall League performers

October 25, 2023

Here's a look at Tuesday's top performers from the Arizona Fall League.

Saturday's top prospect performers

October 22, 2023

Here's a look at Saturday's top performerrs from Arizona Fall League and Winter League action.

Wednesday's top prospect Fall League performers

October 19, 2023

Here's a look at Wednesday's top performers from the Arizona Fall League.

No. 27 prospect's go-ahead homer makes all the difference in Fall League

@jesus_cano88
October 17, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jase Bowen was put into a scenario Monday night at Scottsdale Stadium that many players fantasize about throughout their careers. With the Rafters down by two in the top of the ninth inning, the Pirates' No. 27 prospect stepped up to the plate. The first pitch he

Baseball is a 365-day proposition for Pirates' Bowen

October 13, 2023

For Jase Bowen, there is no real offseason. After his first full season of pro ball in 2022, following a season that saw him play 125 games and finally get out of Bradenton and earn a promotion to High-A Greensboro, Bowen packed his bags and headed across the globe to

A look back at Pirates' Minor League season

@justdelossantos
October 9, 2023

This story was excerpted from Justice delos Santos’ Pirates Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Saturday's top prospect Fall League performers

October 8, 2023

Here’s a look at Saturday's top performers from the Arizona Fall League, including one Top 100 prospect.

Ercolani's improbable journey from San Marino to Arizona Fall League

@JesseABorek
October 7, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The castelli of Borgo Maggiore, San Marino, lie more than 6,000 miles to the east of the pitching rubber at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where Alessandro Ercolani has made his first two appearances during the Arizona Fall League. The first player in the history of