Miguel Angel Sano Partially Cleared

UPDATE 2:18 PM: For clarification, the investigation is completed, just not announced. The “partially cleared” status still stands, as his identity is confirmed, but his age is “undetermined”. Jorge Arangure warns of the “identity confirmed, but age undetermined” status via Twitter, linking to this article back in March. Dejan Kovacevic posted earlier today that Miguel Angel Sano, aka “Hanley...

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Pirates Notebook: The myth of above slot signings

There seems to be a common misconception about signing players above slot. Every time I see someone talking about what it will take to sign our “signability” picks, it’s always the same talk: “With $4 M left to spend, we only have enough to sign 4-5 more picks.” “Zach Von Rosenberg and Billy Cain will probably cost us $3 M total.” “We really need to sign Parker Bangs and Zach Nuding to...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/23/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 4-3 in 10 innings against Durham. -Argenis Diaz went 0 for 2 with a walk. He was also responsible for the winning run. And when I say “he was responsible” I mean he was at the plate when the wild pitch was thrown with a runner at third, which can only mean his intimidating 5’11”, 155 pound presence forced the wild...

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Game 95 Live Blog: Pirates at Diamondbacks

Game 95: Pirates at D-Backs

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Pirates sign Trent Stevenson

UPDATE 7:36 PM: According to Kiley McDaniel of Baseball Prospectus, the signing bonus for Stevenson is $350 K. That’s about the same as the slot figure for the 96th overall pick, in the middle of the third round. Just goes to show that not all above-slot signings require seven figures, or first/second round money. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the bonus figure. According to the Bucs Insider Twitter feed,...

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