Fourth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Taylor Gushue
Jun06

Fourth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Taylor Gushue

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted catcher Taylor Gushue from the University of Florida in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Gushue is young for a college player, graduating early from high school in December 2011, and enrolling in Florida the following Spring. So despite being drafted out of college, he’s only 20 years old. After Mike Zunino was drafted, Gushue moved behind the plate for Florida, and put up some good...

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Third Round: Pirates Draft RF Jordan Luplow
Jun06

Third Round: Pirates Draft RF Jordan Luplow

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right fielder Jordan Luplow from Fresno State in the third round with the 100th overall pick in the draft. This is not a bad pick in the third round. Luplow was ranked 103rd overall by Baseball America. He was slightly higher by MLB.com (94th) and Keith Law (95th). He’s had some medical problems in the past, needing labrum surgery during his senior year of high school, and dealing with injury...

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Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis, Welker Has Tommy John Surgery
Jun06

Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis, Welker Has Tommy John Surgery

Yesterday it was reported that Vin Mazzaro had been outrighted to Indianapolis, and that Duke Welker appeared to have Tommy John surgery. The Pirates just issued a press release saying that Mazzaro has accepted his assignment to Indianapolis, while confirming the surgery for Welker. This is the third time that Mazzaro has been outrighted to Triple-A, and the second time this year. He could have declined the assignment to become a free...

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Draft Day Two Preview: Pirates Set Up For Some Over-Slot Picks?
Jun06

Draft Day Two Preview: Pirates Set Up For Some Over-Slot Picks?

This is the third year where the draft spending has been restricted under the new CBA. We’ve seen the Pirates take two different approaches so far on day two. In 2012, they drafted Mark Appel with their first pick, then spent day two trying to create bonus pool money to sign him. That resulted in drafting players for signability purposes in rounds 6-10, and when Appel didn’t sign, it created a much weaker draft class. Last...

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First Pitch: Reactions to the Pirates Day One Picks
Jun06

First Pitch: Reactions to the Pirates Day One Picks

We were going to have a three-part reaction article to the day one picks, similar to what we did for last year’s draft. However, I gave a lot of personal opinions in the day one recap, and anything I write here would be just a copy from that article. So if you want my reactions and thoughts on the day one moves, as well as what I think needs to happen for the Pirates to have success with those moves, check out the recap. John...

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