Pirates Draft Josh Bell

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a huge splash in the second round for the second year in a row, selecting outfielder Josh Bell with the 61st overall pick.  Bell was rated the 15th best prospect by Baseball America, but fell to the second round.  The reason he fell is because he sent a letter to all of the teams telling them not to draft him.  He insists that he is honoring his commitment to the University of Texas.  However, he is being...

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2011 Draft Day Two Preview: Two Top Players Fall to Pirates

What a crazy day one for the draft.  Last year, if you would have told anyone that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have picked Gerrit Cole over Anthony Rendon, they probably would have flipped out.  If you would have told Nationals fans that they’d end up with Baseball America’s top ranked prospect for the third year in a row, they too, would have flipped out, but in a good way. Rendon’s slide to sixth overall really...

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Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole

The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.  The move was not unexpected.  Word broke over the weekend that Cole would be the pick, and today it was all but confirmed that the Pirates would be taking the UCLA right hander. The selection of Cole is bound to draw some controversy.  In a poll ran on the site last night, 54.5% of voters said they would have selected...

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2011 MLB Draft Live Chat Transcript

The first round of the 2011 MLB Draft was last night, with the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Gerrit Cole. Throughout the draft, I held a five hour and 20 minute chat, talking about the pick, keeping track of the draft, discussing players in the system, and talking about some day two options. Below is the transcript. 2011 MLB Draft Live...

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The Worst Move in the World

For the longest time it seemed like we wouldn’t know who the Pittsburgh Pirates would be selecting with the first overall pick in the draft until the pick was actually announced.  We had narrowed down the field to top college players Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, and Danny Hultzen, but no news was coming out that the Pirates had settled on one player.  Over the weekend we heard that the Pirates were set to take Cole, and today...

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Mayo: Pirates Will Take Gerrit Cole

On Saturday, Dejan Kovacevic first reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be taking UCLA right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole with the first pick in the 2011 MLB draft.  With the draft being held at 7:00 PM this evening, Jonathan Mayo reports the same thing, that the Pirates will select Cole with the first overall pick.  Mayo also details the concerns surrounding Cole, noting that his big issue is a mechanical flaw with his delivery,...

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