A Draft That Could Change a Franchise

If there’s one thing that I’m certain about, it’s that Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ management group know how to draft. In 2008 they landed Pedro Alvarez, which was a no-brainer decision, although we’ve seen those types of no-brainer decisions get passed up in previous years, so Alvarez was a refreshing change.  In 2009 they took an innovative approach, going against the consensus scouting...

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Pirates call up Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up top prospects Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata, both of which could make their debuts tonight.  Lincoln definitely will make his debut, as he is the scheduled starter against Washington. Lincoln was on fire in the month of May, with a 2.38 ERA in five starts for Indianapolis, spanning 34 innings, with a 31:4 K/BB ratio.  In his two most recent starts, Lincoln combined for 11 shutout innings,...

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2010 MLB Draft Live Blog: Day Two

Day two of the draft starts at noon, and consists of rounds 2-30.  You can follow along via conference call on MLB.com, or just follow all of the Pirates’ picks in the chat below. Check out my day one recap and day two preview to know what to watch for. <p><a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=8c83a625e2″ >2010 MLB Draft Live Blog: Day...

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Day Two of the Draft Could be Huge for the Pirates

Be sure to join us today for the day two live blog. The Pirates may have lost 6-1 to the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, but today certainly feels good to be a BUCCO Fan.  With the second pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right handed prep pitcher Jameson Taillon (click on his name to check out his BUCCO Fans player page).  I’ve written a lot about Taillon in the past few...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/7/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 5-3.  Brian Burres pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Vinnie Chulk added a scoreless inning, but lucked out by alloing two hits and two walks.  He lucked out because Justin Thomas came on with one out in the seventh, and the bases loaded, and got a double play.  Thomas pitched 1.2 innings, allowing one hit...

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