2009 Pirates Draft Prospects Tracker

2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Preview

The Draft Prospects Tracker was last updated on: 6/7/09

Draft Prospects Weekly Rundown:

April 15th
April 23rd
May 10th
May 18th – Elimination Style Round One
May 25th – Elimination Style Round Two
June 1st – Final Eliminations
Draft Prospect Finalist: Dustin Ackley
Draft Prospect Finalist: Aaron Crow
Draft Prospect Finalist: Jacob Turner

VOTE for your ideal pick on the poll at the top right of the blog!

Draft Prospects Previews:

Alex White, Dustin Ackley, and Grant Green Preview
Kyle Gibson, Kendal Volz, Andy Oliver, and Mike Leake Preview

Click on a player’s name in the Tracker below to see their profile, including career stats, 2009 monthly splits, and 2009 game logs.


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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • The Jello Phone

    Ackley’s K/BB ratio looks a lot better than Green’s. Too bad he can’t play SS.

  • Tim Williams

    It’s only been about a month, but right now I like Ackley over Green. Green provides us with the talent at a position we’re weak at, but Ackley is the better talent, IMO.

  • The Jello Phone

    Wow. Kyle Gibson is putting up some awesome numbers. Are there any good teams in the Big 12? I know Texas usually has a pretty good program.

    Is it too early to start tracking Bryce Harper?

  • Tim Williams

    It will be mentioned in the summary of Gibson, but he just shut out Texas in his last start. A lot of top pitching prospects in the Big 12 this year.

    As for Harper, maybe in the 2011 version, although hopefully not, since that would probably mean the Pirates did horrible in 2010.

  • The Jello Phone

    Um, does that say 16 K’s for Kyle Gibson’s last game? Is that a typo?

  • Tim Williams

    That would be 16 Ks for Gibson. In his last two starts he’s pitched 18 innings, allowed two runs, struck out 27, and walked just five. At this point I’d rank him above Alex White.

  • The Jello Phone

    Hey Tim,

    If you have time, how about a chart showing the stats of pitchers the Pirates drafted out of college with their 1st round pick for the past decade so we can get a better perspective on the guys you’re previewing now?

  • Tim Williams

    Actually, most of those stats can be found on their Baseball Cube pages. Bobby Bradley and Sean Burnett came from high school, but JVB, Bullington, Maholm, and Lincoln were college pitchers.

    I’ll be doing a recap of the college players every Monday, so maybe one week I’ll take a look back at the pitchers we drafted and their stats the year before we drafted them.

  • The Jello Phone

    Yeah, don’t discourage my laziness. I know I can find those stats at the cube, but I want you to do them :)

  • Tim Williams

    The way I see it, the less time I spend researching those stats, the more time I have to beat you in fantasy baseball.

  • The Jello Phone

    Beat me in fantasy baseball? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! I’ve never lost a league that I’ve drafted in…of course, you see the competition I’ve had so far now :)

  • Anonymous

    Any chance you could possibly update the numbers for Aaron Crow and just for shits and giggles, Tanner Scheppers?

  • Tim Williams

    I was planning on adding Crow and Scheppers when the regular season started for them (5/14), but since I added Matzek today, I figured I’d add those two today as well.

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