Pirates Clinch The 2011 Number One Pick

The Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 tonight, which means that the Pittsburgh Pirates have clinched the number one pick in the 2011 draft.  The Pirates now get first dibs on third base prospect Anthony Rendon, the consensus top draft talent in the 2011 draft.  I talked about Rendon in my early 2011 draft preview and pointed out that he draws comparisons from Baseball America to Ryan Zimmerman. There are no guarantees here....

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The 2009 Prep Pitchers Are Top NYPL Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2010 New York-Penn League today (scouting reports here for BA subscribers), and three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects ended up on the list.  Those were Zach Von Rosenberg, who came in at number six, Colton Cain, who rated 10th, and Zack Dodson, who finished 17th. Dodson, ZVR, and Cain were the 4th, 6th, and 8th round picks respectively in the 2009 draft.  The Pirates paid a...

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Chase d’Arnaud Added to Team USA

Chase d’Arnaud has been added to the Team USA roster, replacing shortstop Andrew Romine, according to Baseball America.  Romine, the older brother of New York Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine, was pulled from the Team USA roster after being promoted to the majors by the Los Angeles Angels. D’Arnaud joins Erik Kratz on the roster as the only Pirates prospects, although several former Pirates prospects are...

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The Magic Number Is Down to One

With the Pittsburgh Pirates’ loss tonight to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the win by the Seattle Mariners, the Pirates’ “magic number” for the worst record in baseball is down to one. If the Pirates win out, the best they can finish is 61-101.  Seattle needs just one win to reach 61 wins on the season.  If Seattle loses their remaining games, they would finish with a 60-102 record.  The Pirates only need one...

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Changes to the Off-Season Dates

According to MLB Trade Rumors, there have been some changes to the off-season dates for free agency and arbitration decisions: -Players can file for free agency five days after the end of the World Series, rather than 15 days.  This basically adds ten days to the free agency period, although I doubt this will accomplish much.  Moves aren’t usually made until the time the Winter Meetings come around, and in the last two years a...

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