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Jordy Mercer Learning In The Big Leagues

John Perrotto -Premium Content

The Pirates are big believers of keeping their prospects in the minor leagues to get regular playing time until they are truly needed in the major leagues. An exception to that rule has been shortstop Jordy Mercer, who has spent much of the season in the major leagues with limited playing time. He had appeared in 23 games and logged 47 plate appearances, after playing in 56 games and getting 236 trips to the plate for Indianapolis. Mercer hit .287/.357/.421 for the Indians and was selected to play in the Triple-A all-star game.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates Hang Onto Prospects At Deadline

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Neal Huntington did some tightrope walking in the days and hours leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. The Pirates general manager tried to improve his major league club as it attempts to make the postseason—and have a winning season—for the first time since 1992. Yet he tried to make additions to the roster without sacrificing talent from a farm system that has gone from one of baseball's worst when Huntington took over late in the 2007 season to one of the best.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates Add Another Elite Arm In Cole At No. 1 Overall

DeJan Kovacevic -Premium Content

In picking UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, management added a 6-foot-4, 220-pound flamethrower with a 101-mph fastball to a collection that already included the three amateur arms they added last summer — Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and Luis Heredia — through the draft and, in Heredia's case, an international signing with a total cost of $11.6 million.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates