Comments on: Trade Values: The Prospects in the Pirates System Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:39:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Matt Beam Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:27:56 +0000 I’d do Starlin for Hanson, Heredia, and another B-/C prospect

By: gwbicster Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:25:25 +0000 That never happened, or would happen.

By: Jeremy J Stein Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:59:19 +0000 Silly me, I forgot about Mercer.
Under Huntington the Pirates have selected and signed X shortstops in the rule 4 draft since 2008.
They are:
Jordy Mercer – 3rd round 2008
Chase d’Arnaud – 4th round 2008
Benji Gonzalez – 7th round 2008 (Stuck in Bradenton)
Jarek Cunningham – 18th round 2008 (moved to 2B)
Walker Gourley – 13th round 2009 (currently playing 1B/OF)
Drew Maggi – 15th round 2010
Kevin Ross – 8th round 2012 (playing 1B this year so far)
D.J. Crumlich – 9th round 2012 (moved to 3B)
Chris Diaz – 11th round 2012
Max Moroff – 16th round 2012
Trae Arbet – 5th round 2013
Adam Frazier – 6th round 2013
Michael Fransoso – 27th round 2013 (moved to 2B once Frazier joined the Jamestown roster)

Good shortstops are hard to find.

Moroff, Frazier and Fransoso appear to be doing well in the low minors. Hopefully one of them will become a top prospect over the next few years.

By: smurph Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:50:05 +0000 Castro has a fairly team-friendly contract:
2013 $5 million
2014 $5 million
Gradually builds up to 11 million in 2019 with a club option for 16 million in 2020.

By: smurph Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:38:53 +0000 That’s the point. You would trade a top-12 prospect for 2 months of a #2 SP? Nah.

By: Lee Young Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:35:16 +0000 I’d do that deal if we could sign both to long term deals. I know Garza is a rental….not sure about Starlin.

By: Lee Young Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:33:22 +0000 Have not jave

By: Lee Young Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:32:59 +0000 I don’t recall ever hearing that. do you jave a link?

I am not high on JT, but I am higher on him than on Alonso.


By: leadoff Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:18:27 +0000 Inconsistency is why he is still at the level he is at and if he stays in the minors as long as is necessary he should be able to overcome such a problem.
The Cubs brought up Castro far too early in his career and now they are paying for it. When a player does well and only has a hurdle or two to overcome we get in a hurry to get him to the majors and when they get here that problem they had in the minors becomes a big problem in the majors when the pros figure it out and exploit it.

By: Kevin Gundlach Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:58:55 +0000 Now maybe, however, this time next year who knows. What if Garza wins 3-4 games in the playoffs? Or what if Taillon wins 13 Cy Youngs? It can go either way. It’s very difficult to be definitely right when argueing the hypothetical. I feel that our major league product has been so bad for so long fans built up this exagerated love for minor league talent. The odds of Garza and Castro being immediate help greatly out weigh what Hanson and Taillon can bring this year.