Draft Prospect Watch: Fisher Out With Broken Hamate
Mar13

Draft Prospect Watch: Fisher Out With Broken Hamate

Some mid-week draft news and notes to hold you over until the weekend action picks up. Just a reminder, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked 24th overall in the first round of the 2014 amateur draft, which starts on June 5th. For information on some of the best players in this draft class, check out our four-part draft preview. The big news yesterday was that Virginia outfielder Derek Fisher has a broken hamate bone. The team gave him the...

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Polanco Tops MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Pirates List
Mar12

Polanco Tops MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Pirates List

MLB Pipeline released their top 20 list of Pittsburgh Pirates prospects today and Gregory Polanco heads the group. Almost every prospect ranking had Polanco ahead of Jameson Taillon, so this ranking is no surprise. The Pirates placed six players in MLB’s top 100 list and this latest ranking has them in the same order. After Polanco and Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Alen Hanson and Josh Bell round out the top six. It...

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Draft Prospect Watch: Prep Shortstops Moving In Different Directions
Mar12

Draft Prospect Watch: Prep Shortstops Moving In Different Directions

Some mid-week draft news and notes, plus some early mock drafts. Most of the top college bats were in action tonight, so it’s unusually busy for a Tuesday. Just a reminder, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked 24th overall in the first round of the 2014 amateur draft, which starts on June 5th. For information on some of the best players in this draft class, check out our four-part draft preview.  Third baseman Taylor Sparks from UC...

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Some Early Mock Drafts For Pirates First Round Pick
Mar10

Some Early Mock Drafts For Pirates First Round Pick

While it’s still early in the college baseball season and extremely early for prep players, with some high schools not even start their schedule yet, mock drafts can give you an idea of what the Pittsburgh Pirates might expect with the 24th overall pick. Three mock drafts were released since last night from three sources worth following all year. Not surprisingly, they all had three different results for the Pirates, though one...

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Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap
Mar10

Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap

Ben Badler from Baseball America released his recap of the 2013 signings by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most of the bigger names are released when they sign, but as we saw with Badler’s recap last year, a player like Johan De Jesus could sign for $200,000 and there was no mention of it anywhere. Here is a look at what we know already, with notes below from Badler’s recap. In March, the Pirates signed Jherson Esqueda and...

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