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Morning Report: Trying to Get Value Out of Non-Drafted Free Agents

Morning Report: Trying to Get Value Out of Non-Drafted Free Agents
John Dreker

Since the beginning of this year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed seven non-drafted free agents. Three of those came before the 2014 draft, but only one of those players is left in the system. Catchers Mitch Slauter and Mike Spano were signed prior to Spring Training and released in early June. That leaves infielder Nathan Sopena, along with the four players signed since this last draft. Those players are catcher Chris Harvey, shortstop Trace Tam Sing and pitchers Colter Moore and Cory Rhodes.  The question is, have the Pirates seen any value yet from these players?

With the draft shortened from 50 round to 40 rounds a couple years ago, that left about 300 players that weren't getting drafted compared to before. Not every team actually drafted to the end of 50 rounds each year, but m...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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