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Notes: Yajure optioned, Keller recalled

@JakeCrouseMLB
May 16, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- One night removed from a near lights-out start for the Pirates, right-hander Miguel Yajure was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the active roster for right-handed reliever Kyle Keller. Yajure, the Pirates’ No. 12 prospect per MLB Pipeline, pitched five shutout innings against the Giants on Friday

Prospect Soriano near return; injury updates

@JakeCrouseMLB
May 12, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- One of the Pirates’ top prospects is nearing a return to the mound. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said on Wednesday that José Soriano, the club’s No. 25 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next five to seven days.

5 prospects ready to impact NL Central

May 6, 2021

Every team would love to have the next Randy Arozarena, who parlayed a second-half stint with the Rays in 2020 into postseason stardom. Which National League Central prospects have the best chance to seize their own opportunities as the ’21 campaign grinds on? Here’s a look at some of the

Where Pirates top prospects are starting '21

@JonathanMayo
May 4, 2021

With the 2021 Minor League season opening, here's where the Pirates’ Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

Bucs' Minor League rosters unveiled

@JakeCrouseMLB
May 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- When the Pirates’ new regime, led by general manager Ben Cherington, took over ahead of the 2020 season, player development was front and center as the direction that the team wanted to take, especially at the Minor League level. After some big trades netted a horde of young

Notes: Hayes gets 'positive news'; Brault

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 28, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- Ke'Bryan Hayes underwent evaluations on Friday, and according to Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk, no new issues cropped up with the third baseman’s left wrist. “Very positive news on the outcome of the exam and subsequent diagnostics,” Tomczyk said. “There were no new findings, so very,

Fun facts for every Low-A Southeast team

Florida-based league home to old ballparks, long affiliations, boy bands and wrestlers
@BensBiz
April 28, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the 10th in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Notes: Hayes doing 'better'; Shelton's gag

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 23, 2021

The update on Ke'Bryan Hayes was brief but encouraging on Friday. Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Hayes was evaluated on Thursday for a recurrence of inflammation in his left wrist and the short-term signs are good, though he didn’t specify specifics of any results. “He is doing better,” Shelton said.

Notes: Hayes has setback; Frazier recalled

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 22, 2021

The Pirates were hit hard by injuries this week. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said on Thursday that third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes reaggravated his left wrist. Hayes, the No. 9 prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 4, after dealing

Yajure flashes promise, confidence in debut

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 21, 2021

Miguel Yajure's debut with the Pirates didn’t end with the pitching line he wanted, but he showed the tools that have made him a top prospect in the organization. In his first Major League start, Yajure went 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs as the Tigers took Game 2

Fun facts for all 12 High-A East teams

Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Celery and Couch Potatoes populate eclectic circuit
@BensBiz
April 19, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the seventh in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

'Very encouraging' signs during Hayes' rehab

Rookie star making progress, nearing return to Pirates' lineup
@JakeCrouseMLB
April 14, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The return of Pirates rookie star Ke’Bryan Hayes appears to be near. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Hayes, who sustained a left wrist injury in the second game of the season on April 3, began swinging a bat on Tuesday and continued to

Notes: Hayes rehab slow; Evans solid

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 13, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The latest update on Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes seems to point to the National League Rookie of the Year Award contender being kept out of the lineup longer than the team hoped. Manager Derek Shelton said Tuesday that Hayes had not yet swung the bat ahead of

Notes: Hayes throws; Bucs injury updates

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 7, 2021

Three days into his stint on the 10-day injured list, Ke'Bryan Hayes is doing “limited baseball activities,” according to Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. The Bucs' third baseman, who injured his left wrist swinging the bat in the first inning of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Cubs, is

Fun facts for all 12 Double-A Northeast teams

Explore a league populated by iconic logos, slick-fielding announcers and scenic coasters
@BensBiz
April 7, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the fourth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Hayes (wrist) hits road block, lands on IL

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 4, 2021

The Pirates sent third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes to the 10-day injured list Sunday, leaving the club without their best player over the next few series. Manager Derek Shelton said that X-rays performed on Hayes’ left wrist after Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs came back negative. However, an MRI showed

Say Hayes! Bucs rookie starts '21 with bang

@JakeCrouseMLB
April 1, 2021

In 2017, when Ke’Bryan Hayes slugged .363 in Class A Advanced, evaluators were beginning to wonder when the power would show up for the Pirates’ third-base prospect, who was still young and growing into his body. Now, we’re beginning to wonder if his power will ever cool off. With a

One fun fact for all 20 Triple-A East teams

From nachos to noodles to nuns, a celebration of Minor League Baseball's largest circuit
@BensBiz
March 29, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the first in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

'No fear' Peguero brings energy to camp

@JakeCrouseMLB
March 27, 2021

When Liover Peguero was 7 years old, he remembers watching footage of Ozzie Smith play. Beyond the incredible defense and sure bat, Peguero remembers watching the Wizard be free and easy, particularly how he regularly came out of the dugout with a backflip on Opening Day. “I used to be

After much practice, Gonzales gets pro reps

@JakeCrouseMLB
March 26, 2021

Imagine being selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. All the hype that goes along with it. The chance to make an early impact in pro ball. Except instead of working your way up the ladder, you’ve got to begin your career facing your teammates day in and

Could Pirates be eyeing Hayes extension?

Righty Brubaker confident after fanning six strong five-inning start
@alysonfooter
March 24, 2021

Ke'Bryan Hayes is still in the very early stages of his career, so at this point, it’s fair to assume what he does on the field will attract more attention than anything having to do with his contract. But the two worlds did collide, slightly, on Wednesday, with a report

3 thoughts on Pirates Top 30 Prospects 

@JakeCrouseMLB
March 19, 2021

When Pirates general manager Ben Cherington was hired after the 2019 season, it was clear that player development would be a huge aspect of the organization going forward. The Pirates’ Top 30 Prospects list was revealed on Wednesday, and the renewed depth that Cherington has created thanks to some pivotal

Here are the Pirates' 2021 Top 30 Prospects

@JonathanMayo
March 17, 2021

It’s rebuild time in the world of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now, it’s possible the Pirates brass would never publicly label it as such, but it’s hard to call it anything else. Gone are Josh Bell, Jameson Taillon and Joe Musgrove. And that’s just in the past few months and doesn’t

Notes: Priester sees action; Hayes homers

@JakeCrouseMLB
March 15, 2021

Quinn Priester knew weeks in advance that he would take the mound some time in the second half of camp to face big league competition. But that didn’t make his outing in the fifth inning in the Pirates' 12-3 loss to the Orioles on Monday any less exciting -- or

Oliva 'on a mission' to make impact for Bucs

@ladsonbill24
March 10, 2021

Pirates outfielder Jared Oliva came into camp a different player, and manager Derek Shelton took notice of Oliva’s demeanor. The 25-year-old Oliva is happy and having fun. Last spring, on the other hand, Oliva appeared to be nervous. Even he admits that he didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes.