Pirates sign draft pick Chambers

The Pirates also signed third round pick Evan Chambers, according to this article. Chambers will join State College tonight. Here is my summary of Chambers from day one of the draft: Chambers is an interesting selection. He was ranked #181 by Baseball America, which makes this another “reach”. However, Chambers draws comparisons to Kirby Puckett and Kevin Mitchell, due to his size at 5’9″, 215 pounds. Chambers...

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Pirates sign draft pick Gourley

According to this article, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 13th round draft pick John “Walker” Gourley. Gourley is a prep shortstop prospect who had a commitment to East Carolina. Here is my summary of Gourley from day two of the draft: Gourley is 6’0″, 180 pounds and has a commitment to East Carolina. He hit .289 as a rookie in high school. As a sophomore he led his team in runs (27) and steals (15), with a...

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Pirates Notebook: Post Trade Thoughts

I wrote on the Eric Hinske trade and the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade earlier today. Check out those links for my thoughts on the deals. In the aftermath of the trades, I’ve got a few more thoughts, which I will provide in no specific order: Where are the left handers? The big issue, following the trade of Burnett, is the lack of left handers in the bullpen. It seemed like the Pirates had nothing but left handers in their...

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Twitter Updates: Lynchburg Hillcats Game

I’ll be providing Twitter updates from the Lynchburg Hillcats game tonight. You can follow all of the updates on my Twitter page, or get the most recent updates below (refresh the page to get recent updates). Jeff Locke will be on the mound for the Cats tonight: # Cats lose 13-4. Ouch. about 3 hours ago# Chase has some warning track power tonight. 2 deep fly balls to left almost went out. about 3 hours ago# I think this sums up...

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Pirates trade Morgan/Burnett for Milledge/Hanrahan

I’ve written about this rumored deal twice now. When it was first rumored, I looked at the Milledge/Craig Stammen request from the Pirates end. Later I looked at the debate between talent and attitude that seems to split Pirates fans on the deal. Today the Pirates finally made the move, trading Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett to Washington for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan. That debate is going to remain for Pirates fans now...

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