Machado and Taillon: The Last Men Standing

For several weeks, every mock draft had the Pirates taking Manny Machado or Jameson Taillon, but there existed the possibility that the Pirates would go a different direction, taking someone like Drew Pomeranz with their first round pick, in order to save money for the later rounds.  Lately, it seems that the field has been narrowed down to two: Machado and Taillon. Jim Callis of Baseball America recently said it was a two horse...

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May Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders looked like a huge success story when I reviewed them last month.  Then I looked a little closer at the team, and found a reason to throw cold water on their hot start.  The Bradenton offense was looking great, but almost all of the players had drastic home/road splits, which was probably due to McKechnie Field being a hitter friendly park.  It definitely put hot starts like the one Quincy...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Columbus 5-0.  Michael Crotta pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks, and striking out two.  Vinnie Chulk pitched 0.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Justin Thomas added two perfect innings, striking out two.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one. Kevin Melillo went 2-for-4 with a homer, his...

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2010 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

In the past two drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges.  In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas.  They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC.  Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up...

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Brian Burres sent to Indy, Dana Eveland added to roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Brian Burres to Indianapolis, and have added Dana Eveland to the major league roster.  The Pirates have no listed starters for Monday and Tuesday, although it seems like Eveland and Jeff Karstens will fill those spots. A point of interest: Brad Lincoln is currently scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday in Indianapolis.  I kind of expected Karstens to get demoted rather than Burres,...

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