Series Preview: Rangers/Pirates

The Pirates return home after a Bronx Beatdown at the hands of the New York Yankees. The Bucs proved to be just what the doctor ordered for New York, as the previously struggling Yankees pummeled the Pirates by a combined score of 27-13. Next on the agenda for the Pirates are the Texas Rangers and, believe it or not, one of these teams must actually win. The Rangers enter the series with the worst record in baseball (23-40, .365),...

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Amateur Draft Analysis – Rounds 6-10

6. Matt Foust, RHP, Nebraska - Foust, despite being a college junior, had thrown only 12.2 innings for the ‘Huskers before the 2007 season. Foust redshirted in 2004 following shoulder surgery, but barely took the field in ’05 and ’06 due to poor conditioning. Foust got himself in shape prior to the 2007 season, dropping 20 pounds to a more reasonable 225 on his 6-3 frame. Foust throws an 90-94 MPH fastball as well as...

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Pirates Missing The Point On Draft Day

Once upon a time, a book entitled Moneyball hit the shelves, and with it came a storm of debate over the relative merits of college vs. high school prospects. Michael Lewis’ bestseller, though a tad sensationalistic in tone, uncovered a market inefficiency that the A’s were expoliting- the drafting of college players over high school players produced a higher return on investment. A study by Rany Jazayerli of Baseball...

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Amateur Draft Analysis – Rounds 2-5

2. Duke Welker, RHP, Arkansas - Welker is a 6-7, 220 pound righthander with more projection left than the average college pitcher. Welker sits in the low 90′s with his fastball, which has some late life to it. Welker’s secondary pitches are not considered especially strong. His best is a slider that remains somewhat inconsistent. The Arkansas product also mixes in a curveball and a changeup. Welker posted a 3.59 ERA in...

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First Round Analysis – Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson

Round 1 (#4 overall) – Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson Analysis: Moskos, a lefty, possess a fastball that can hit the mid-90′s as well as a hard-biting slider. Moskos also throws a curveball and a changeup, both of which are considered average offerings. Moskos’ command is considered average, and he walked 31 batters in 59 innings this past season. Moskos was a reliever for the majority of his college career, and has a...

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