• Pirates Draft Josh Bell

    The Pirates took a huge risk drafting Bell, with huge upside if he signs. 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...

  • 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...

  • Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole

    The Pirates have selected Cole with the first overall pick. 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...

  • 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...

  • The Worst Move in the World

    Cole might not be the favorite among Pirates fans, but he's deserving of the number one pick. 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...

  • Mayo: Pirates Will Take Gerrit Cole

    Jonathan Mayo reports that the Pirates will take 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...

  • 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...

  • 2011 Draft: Who Would You Pick?

    Rendon has won the vote the last two times this poll ran. 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...

  • 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...

  • 2011 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

    Von Rosenberg is one of the many prep players the Pirates have signed away from college commitments the past few years. 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...

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