A Detailed Look at the Early Results From the 2008 Draft

On Monday I explored the question of when you could start grading a draft. While you can always apply a grade to a draft, it’s hard to get a grade that looks final until a few years down the line. A lot of the times people will grade drafts based on what kind of results they think a team should have. These results usually aren’t based on what other teams have actually done. On Monday I pointed out some of the actual...

Read More

Pirates Sign Juan Cruz

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, per a team press release. Cruz has a strong track record in the majors, with a career 4.13 ERA in 619.1 innings, along with a 9.1 K/9 and a 4.8 BB/9 ratio. Last year he pitched 48.2 innings with the Tampa Bay Rays, putting up a 3.88 ERA, an 8.5 K/9 and a 5.2 BB/9 ratio. Control has always been an issue for Cruz,...

Read More

This Date in Pirates History: February 1

Seven former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, six of them pitchers and the oldest one was an outfielder. Cecilio Guante (1960) pitcher for the 1982-86 Pirates. He was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in November 1979 out of the Dominican Republic. He shot through the minors as a reliever, going from low-A ball to AAA in less than a year and a half. The Pirates move him to a starting role in AAA and he went...

Read More