Josh Bell Heading to School?

I re-tweeted this last night on Twitter, and talked about it some today.  Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game had this to say about Pittsburgh Pirates 2nd round pick Josh Bell: Was told by couple of #Texas folks that #Pirates 2nd-rounder Josh Bell is slated to begin summer school at #UT. Could bode well. #mlbdraft There’s some debate over whether this would end Bell’s eligibility to sign with the Pirates.  A quick look at the...

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Interview With 30th Round Pick Matt Benedict

Matt Benedict was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Benedict, a right handed pitcher, was a senior out of Western Carolina University, and signed quickly after the draft with the Pirates.  He was placed in the State College rotation, where he made the start for the home opener.  Benedict did well in his pro debut, pitching three perfect innings with two strikeouts.  He followed that up with...

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Interview With 33rd Round Pick Chris Lashmet

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Chris Lashmet in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft.  Lashmet, taken as a third baseman, was a senior out of Northwestern University.  He had a strong bat, with a .353/.409/.495 line in 190 at-bats in 2011.  Lashmet reported to State College, where he has played mostly first base.  I met up with Chris while I was in State College, and asked him about being drafted, and his first impression of the pros. 1....

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Pirates Sign 27th Round Pick Ryan Hornback

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 27th round pick Ryan Hornback.  Hornback, a catcher, hit for a .310 average with San Jacinto College North in 2011.  He had a commitment to Mississippi, but obviously decided to go pro.  His signing won’t be an over-slot deal, since the team officially announced it today. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated.  The Pirates have signed or reached an agreement with 15...

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Interview With 22nd Round Pick Mike Jefferson

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted left handed pitcher Mike Jefferson in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft.  Jefferson was a college senior out of Louisiana Tech University, where he was the ace of the pitching staff in 2011.  He was coming off a season where he posted a 3.56 ERA in 86 innings, along with a 70:46 K/BB ratio.  He throws 90-91 MPH, and reportedly has a good curveball.  Jefferson was drafted in the 46th round by the Mets in...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With 23rd Round Pick Jordan Cooper

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with 23rd round pick Jordan Cooper, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Cooper is a draft eligible sophomore out of Kentucky, and was selected by the Pirates for the second time in three years, after opting to attend Kentucky rather than signing as a 17th round pick in 2009.  Cooper obviously was open to joining the Pirates, as he would have had to sign a letter giving them permission to draft...

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