Interview with Casey Erickson

Recently I was given the opportunity to interview Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Casey Erickson.  Erickson was acquired by the Pirates in June 2009 in the Eric Hinske trade, which also brought catching prospect Eric Fryer.  The Pirates agreed to pay the rest of Hinske’s 2009 salary to the New York Yankees to get Erickson and Fryer in the deal. Erickson posted a 1.17 ERA after the trade in 38.1 innings, with a...

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Pirates sign Kevin Decker

According to the Washington Times-Herald, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed their first draft pick from the 2010 draft group, 39th round draft pick Kevin Decker (link via Bucs Dugout).  Decker will report to Bradenton for Extended Spring Training, then will go to State College for the start of the New York-Penn League on June 18th. Decker pitched for the College of Charleston.  Decker had a 3.78 ERA in 81 innings in 2010,...

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Notes on Day Three of the Draft

I wasn’t around for day three of the MLB draft, as I was on my way out of town for my friend’s wedding this weekend.  After taking a look at the selections, and doing some research, I was able to find a few tidbits on each player.  I will have their player pages up by early next week, with the 2010 Draft Pick Signing Tracker going up on Sunday night (it sounds like some easy signings could be announced on...

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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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