Comments on: First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-new-draft-slotting-rules-seem-to-be-working.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:48:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-new-draft-slotting-rules-seem-to-be-working.html#comment-30356 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 20:34:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58838#comment-30356 Pike{ Not Tim, but I may be able tyo help – Last firsy
3. Many of the folks drafted are courtesy picks. Teams know who will sign and who will not, so if a team thinks they may be interested in a kid who is committed to attending college, it does not hurt to help them a little. Believe me, when a kid is drafted, scouts tend to pay attention to them during college. And then there is always the friends, relatives, and others that a team may want to honor just by drafting them – something that can never be taken away. Or if your Manager is the Godfather of a player like Mike Piazza taken with the last pick of the Dodgers one year just to be nice. And when it comes right down to it, the team limits the number of kids offered a contract.
2. I think the odd are long like maybe 8% of all the kids who play HS will advance beyond HS. From there it is a real longshot to get into pro ball at even the lowest levels of the minors. Pirates 2007 – Watson, Welker, McPherson/ 2008 – Alvarez, Mercer, d’Arnaud, Wilson/ 2009 – Irwin/ 2010 – Cumpton. Hope it helped.

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By: PikeBishop65 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-new-draft-slotting-rules-seem-to-be-working.html#comment-30346 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:38:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58838#comment-30346 Tim: I have always been curious about stocking the minor league system.

1. The baseball draft lasts many rounds and you can see every year that many of the players drafted don’t sign. What is the average percentage of draftees that sign? Is there an optimal percentage of players signing that teams expect?

2. I assume there is some degree of turnover, especially in the lower minors as guys hit the wall, find out they don’t like pro ball, decide to go to college etc. And I am sure that every year the big club cuts players, who just aren’t cutting it. What are the percentages of guys that don’t make it out of the low minors? How many guys does the big club cut each year?

3. Major hypothetical. Suppose every single guy who was drafted by a team decided to sign. How would a team handle such an abundance of riches, since they would probably already have rosters pretty much set at Bradenton and Jamestown? Are there roster limits at this level? Do we just ship them off to the Domincan League?

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By: Matt Beam http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-new-draft-slotting-rules-seem-to-be-working.html#comment-30342 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:02:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58838#comment-30342 Borden looking for more than $400K? If not, I think you burn most of the remaining $230K to get him signed, get Frazier for at slot if he’s willing, and that leaves any of the 3 post 10th round guys that Tim mentioned

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By: Nathan Swartz http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-new-draft-slotting-rules-seem-to-be-working.html#comment-30340 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:51:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58838#comment-30340 I’m just in awe of how much positive stuff is surrounding the buccos.

Side note: any chance they might take a flier on Alex Liddi who was just DFAd by Seattle. 3b option, still just 24, decent minor league numbers.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-new-draft-slotting-rules-seem-to-be-working.html#comment-30336 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:32:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58838#comment-30336 Tim: Agree 100% that the penalty for Appel would have been too great to give him the money he was requesting, therefore the plan to draft him, have him decline so we could get better picks in 2013, has worked very well for the Pirates. I think this would have been the first possible draft eligibility year for the 2010 kiddies like Taillon, 21, and Kingham, 21, (4th Rd). and they are both at AA now and possibly AAA by the end of the year. Brandon Cumpton was a 9th Rd pick that year also 2011 was a big year already and will get even better in the future. Gerrit Cole is already in the Pirate Rotation, 2nd pick Josh Bell, 20, is doing well at Lo A after missing most of last year due to injury. We got Tyler Glasnow , 19, in the 5th Rd, and a “sleeper” I like, Clayton Holmes, 20, in the 9th Rd.You mentioned Max Moroff, 20, drafted in the 16th Rd in 2012 and is doing very well in his first year of full schedule baseball at Lo A. Only a .247 BA, but the switchhitter has 13 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, and 37 RBI in just a little over 200 AB’s. Most impressive is the W/K Ratio of 1/1 with 45 Walks and 44 K’s, which helps a lot toward a .760 OPS. He has fielding issues, but is a kid who can stay at SS, and will get better with maturity and instruction.

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