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While the 2015 season was the final one for several long-time major leaguers, the 2016 campaign will be the rookie year for some highly-touted prospects.

The following longtime veterans hung up their spikes last season:

01/28/2016 - 23:38
Tony DeFazio
The Pirates minor league system has steadily developed into one of the best in baseball since general manager Neal Huntington was hired more than nine years ago. Here's a breakdown of the team's top prospects, position by position.

Starting Pitchers
Tyler Glasnow, RHP

01/27/2016 - 19:01
Tony DeFazio
Spring Training is still several weeks away, but there are already some intriguing roster battles shaping up when the Bucs arrive in Bradenton next month.

1. Pedro Florimon vs. Jake Goebbert for the last bench spot

01/22/2016 - 19:56
Alex Stumpf
Several offseason departures and a few promising prospects combine to create a series of interesting questions as the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near.

1. Will the Pirates miss Pedro’s bat?

01/11/2016 - 12:56
Alex Stumpf
It's been a busy offseason for the Pirates, as the team has lost half of their starting infield and a starting pitcher. Several other pieces from 2015 have signed elsewhere. What now?

1: Moves that hurt in the short term pay off in the long run

12/30/2015 - 21:57
Alex Stumpf
The Pirates have already had a very rough offseason. A.J. Burnett and Aramis Ramirez retired and J.A. Happ signed elsewhere. Neil Walker and Charlie Morton have been traded, Pedro Alvarez was shown the door and Mark Melancon continues to be been the subject of trade talks.

For a lot of teams, such a potential mass exodus would be impossible to rebound from. The Pirates aren’t the type of team that can afford to replace all these players with top-tier free agents.

12/22/2015 - 20:43
Alex Stumpf
Team acquires Phillies minor leaguer David Whitehead in exchange for veteran hurler

The Pirates acquired right-handed pitcher David Whitehead from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitcher Charlie Morton on Saturday.

12/12/2015 - 19:41
PSR Staff
Neil Walker is, by all accounts, a hell of a guy. He's a very good baseball player too. And now he'll play for the New York Mets. And that’s not a big deal. It's not a reason to feel bad for Neil. It's certainly not a tragedy.

Nor is it a reason for Pirates' fans—or Walker, for that matter—to feel somehow “betrayed” by an act of treachery.

12/10/2015 - 13:05
Tony DeFazio
Beau Bennett scored a pair of third period goals to rally the ‪‎Penguins‬ past the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 in Denver.

The Avalanche led 2-1 after two periods, but the Penguins scored three goals in less than four minutes to pull away and steal a road win.

12/10/2015 - 01:34
Tony DeFazio
The Pirates traded infielder Neil Walker to the New York Mets in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jonathon Niese on Wednesday.

Walker was the Pirates No. 1 draft pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.

12/09/2015 - 19:16
PSR Staff
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail upon taking over at Pitt a year ago.
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On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, Geibel Catholic High School's Emily Zimcosky had her wildest dream come true.
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Several offseason departures and a few promising prospects combine to create a series of interesting questions as the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have seen more turnover in the past four years than they saw in the 45 years prior.
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Nearly 30 local prospects, throughout the WPIAL and the Pittsburgh City League, will head to FBS and FCS colleges next year to continue their football careers.
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Ohio State checks in with the top-rated class in the nation, with many of the usual suspects also boasting strong classes. Ole Miss, Penn State and North Carolina also have great hauls.
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The local class of 2017 boasts some of the top players in the state, and Pittsburgh Central Catholic leads with way with several exciting prospects. North Allegheny, Steel Valley and Clairton once again have top-tier talent.
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Four of the nation's top 15 players hail from the state of Florida, while three come from Alabama and two from Texas. New Jersey's Rashan Gary, however, claims the top spot.
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