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UPDATE (12:18 p.m.) Jeff Passan has said that the Players Association and MLB will meet on Monday. It is expected that the players will give their offer. (Side note) O/U of the meeting lasting 10 minutes? I NEED ANSWERS!!
It was just a typical Thursday afternoon catching up on some podcast episodes. MLB Pipelines’ podcast had an episode that stood out, especially for Pirate’s fans. The particular podcast episode featured Jesse Sanchez discussing the international market and some teams that stood out.
It was no shock that he mentioned the Yankees and Red Sox, but there was maybe an 11-second snippet where Sanchez mentioned the Pirates and how they emerged as a team in the international market.
“The Pirates are another team that has emerged; yes, they do have some history in the international market, but over the past few years, they really made a strong push, particularly in Asia,” Sanchez said regarding the Pirates activity.
After talking with John Dreker of Pirates Prospects, he pointed out the particular scout in Asia that has put in a ton of work, and his name is Fu-Chun Chiang. It’s thanks to Chiang and a plethora of others for prospects like Po-Yu Chen, Tsung-Che Cheng, and now Hung-Leng Chang. So when/if guys like Chen, Cheng, or Chang pan out, you can thank Chieng for his dedicated work.
Pittsburgh Baseball Notes
Pirates Prospects Notes
In week three of P2’s new format Cody Potanko (Me), Anthony Murphy, John Dreker, Wilbur Miller, and Tim Williams give you all things prospect coverage!
Next, we have Anthony going very in-depth with video breakdowns of Mason Martin and his swing as a whole.
Next is John and his wonderful breakdown of the best pitching prospects by age.
Wilbur continues his team previews, and this week it’s Double-A Altoona. You don’t want to miss it!
Last but certainly not least is Tim, and he gives us two great pieces. The first deals with Mason Martin and him wanting to be a complete player. The last one is a wonderful opinion piece on the waves of prospects.
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