First Pitch: Looking at the Remaining Pirates Over-Slot Draft Candidates
Jun18

First Pitch: Looking at the Remaining Pirates Over-Slot Draft Candidates

If there’s one thing the new CBA got right, it’s the process of signing draft picks. There are no more games, and no more delays. Teams can sign any player at any time for any amount of money, with no delays from MLB holding back over-slot deals, and no games by players and advisers waiting until the deadline. The result is that the Pirates have 30 picks signed about two weeks after the MLB draft, including everyone in the...

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Prospect Watch: Sampson Continues Breakout Season; Gushue Hits Two Homers
Jun18

Prospect Watch: Sampson Continues Breakout Season; Gushue Hits Two Homers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Pirates Sign 30th Round Pick David Andriese
Jun17

Pirates Sign 30th Round Pick David Andriese

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 30th round pick David Andriese, Pirates Prospects has learned. The right fielder was a college senior at UC Riverside, so his signing was expected at some point. He’s the last college senior in the Pirates’ draft class to sign. Andriese will report to Jamestown. Most college seniors are strictly organizational fillers, but Andriese is an interesting guy. He was ranked the 50th best...

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First Pitch: The Best Thing That Happened to the Pirates Last Off-Season
Jun17

First Pitch: The Best Thing That Happened to the Pirates Last Off-Season

The big focus this past off-season was on A.J. Burnett. The right-hander played a big role in the Pittsburgh rotation the previous two years, then after having his status up in the air for several months, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. There was another person who the Phillies tried to sign away from the Pirates (not Marlon Byrd, who they did sign away), and that person’s importance to the Pirates was much bigger than...

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Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Stays Hot; Two Draft Picks Off to Good Starts
Jun16

Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Stays Hot; Two Draft Picks Off to Good Starts

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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