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Toolshed: Pirates' Thomas primed for breakout

Raw right-hander's ascension will have to wait one more season
November 6, 2020

Tahnaj Thomas raised his hand, and that made all the difference. Back in late 2016, the Bahamas native was assigned, through a coach back home, to help a Chicago-area team of fellow teenagers in a tournament that took place in Jupiter, Florida. As the new kid, the shortstop wasn't getting

State of the System: Pittsburgh Pirates

Hayes, Gonzalez, Draft offer hope for future after dismal season
October 14, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Bucs’ Hayes delivers 5-for-5 performance

No. 38 overall prospect extends hitting streak to seven games
September 27, 2020

In less than a month since his first Major League callup, Ke'Bryan Hayes has emerged as a cornerstone of the rebuilding Pirates’ future. And while the club is on the verge of a third consecutive last-place finish in the National League Central, its second-ranked prospect showed why he could be

Report: Pirates' Cruz involved in deadly crash

Shortstop 'cooperating fully' with authorities in Dominican Republic
September 22, 2020

Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz was involved in a traffic collision that killed three people on Monday, according to a report out of the Dominican Republic. Cruz, the Bucs' No. 3 prospect and No. 60 overall, was the driver of a vehicle that struck a motorcycle on the Sanchez Highway near

Combs brought major smiles to Minors

Former Pirates prospect lost battle with ALS this month
September 14, 2020

Paul Stabile felt like entering professional baseball meant starting life over. He was born in Brooklyn, went 33-0 as a high schooler on Staten Island and was selected in the eighth round of the 1987 Draft, thanks to a 202-strikeout season at a community college in Northern New Jersey. Beginning

Pirates' Hayes homers, doubles in debut

No. 44 overall prospect scores three runs, plates two
September 2, 2020

Defense was the calling card for Ke'Bryan Hayes as he made his way through the Pirates' Minor League system. In his Major League debut, he showed he can handle the bat. And he's not bad on the basepaths either. MLB Pipeline's No. 44 overall prospect homered, doubled, scored three times

Pirates promote Hayes for Major League debut

Pittsburgh's No. 2 prospect to be recalled Tuesday
August 31, 2020

Fourteen-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes played 128 games with Pittsburgh before he was traded to the New York Yankees on August 30, 1996. Almost 24 years to the day, his son will don the black and gold himself. Second-ranked Pirates prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes has been recalled from Pittsburgh's alternate site

Prospects reflect on debuting in 2020

Bailey, Stephenson, Brubaker shine in first stints with big clubs
August 3, 2020

The words "new normal" have become a major part of the lexicon eight months into 2020. They apply to just about every aspect of daily life and baseball by extension. With the abbreviated Major League season underway, a slew of promising prospects seem to be making their debuts nightly. A

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Pirates' Hayes tests positive for COVID-19

No. 41 overall prospect has been absent from Summer Camp
July 19, 2020

Second-ranked Pirates prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes has tested positive for COVID-19, Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton told reporters Sunday. Hayes had not been present at Pirates workouts at PNC Park and is currently quarantined. Teams can only disclose a player's positive test if that player gives his consent to have the information

Prospects in the Pirates' 2020 player pool

Bucs balance Major League readiness and development needs
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Pirates' Kramer undergoes hip surgery

No. 18 prospect expected to miss four to six months, says club
May 20, 2020

While baseball waits to resume, Kevin Kramer's own grand entrance will be delayed even further. The Pirates' No. 18 prospect underwent surgery on his right hip last week, the Pittsburgh organization announced Wednesday. He is expected to miss four to six months of baseball activity, making a 2020 return unlikely.