2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Preview

2011 MLB Draft Coverage Links Anthony Rendon Tracker Gerrit Cole Tracker Danny Hultzen Tracker Interview with Anthony Rendon Anthony Rendon Video Recap Top Prep Players and Their Commitments Pittsburgh Pirates Mock Draft Roundup Poll: Who Would You Pick? Chat: Submit Your Questions Pirates Expected to Take Gerrit Cole Drafting For Need is a Mistake 2011 Draft Archives 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Preview A year ago at this time,...

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2011 Draft: Who Would You Pick?

I’ve raised this question before several times throughout the year, and each time, Anthony Rendon won by a landslide.  With the 2011 MLB draft taking place in less than 24 hours, I’ll ask one final time.  If it was up to you, who would you select with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft? Take Our...

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The Year 1 A.T.

Much like a kid on Christmas Eve, Pirate draftophiles are anxiously awaiting Monday’s first round to see who the Pirates select first overall. That player will be scrutinized, dissected, and analyzed like a frog in 8th grade biology class. He will become the next great Pirate prospect. But have we forgotten that we are all living in the year 1 A.T. (After Taillon)?

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2011 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

In the past three 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 signing in the...

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DK: Pirates Will Take Gerrit Cole

Earlier tonight I posted a roundup of the mock drafts that have been released in the last day, noting that Gerrit Cole was the projected pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates in three of the four drafts.  Since then, Dejan Kovacevic reports that he is hearing that the Pirates will take Cole with the first overall pick on Monday. The mock drafts all mentioned that the Pirates hadn’t finalized their decision yet, although DK would most...

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Gerrit Cole Struggles in Last Outing Before Draft

Turn back the clock almost four months to February 18th, the start of the college baseball season.  Gerrit Cole went up against the University of San Francisco, at home, to kick of the season for UCLA.  Cole was dominant, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out 11.  Best of all, he only needed 104 pitches to do all of that.  If there is a Gerrit Cole bandwagon, that outing might have signaled...

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