Rounds 41-45: Hibbing Leads the Group

The Pittsburgh Pirates again went heavy with position players in the 41-45 rounds, although they did take two pitchers, and one of them stood out.  42nd round pick Nick Hibbing was considered a potential top 10 round pick up until missing a start with a tender ulnar nerve in his forearm.  He’s got a commitment to Iowa, and the commitment to a major school combined with a 42nd round selection would definitely make him tough to...

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Rounds 36-40: Pirates Take Five Position Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates loaded up on position players, taking five in a row in rounds 36-40.  Nine of the ten picks on day three so far have been position players, with 32nd round pick David Jagoditsh being the only pitcher.  Some of these guys are organizational depth, although a few are college sophomores which means there’s no guarantee they sign this late in the draft. Isaac Ballou, CF, 36th Round Ballou was rated as the 14th...

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Rounds 31-35: Two Interesting Position Players

The players drafted in these rounds are either going to be organizational depth in the lower levels, or talented guys that are tough to sign.  That’s the case here, as the first three look like organizational guys.  That said, the final two picks of the round seem to be interesting prospects, with some good tools.  They also should be difficult to sign at this stage. Derek Trent, C, 31st Round Baseball America rated Trent as...

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2011 Draft Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round

If Major League Baseball decides to install a hard slotting system in the draft after this year, it will be a massive blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have spent the most on draft bonuses in the last three years, and look to spend big again this year.  For the second year in a row, the Pirates saw a projected top 10 pick fall to them in the second round, entirely due to signability issues.  For the second year in a row, the Pirates...

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More on 12th Round Pick Candon Myles

Pirates Prospects is not only read by Pirates fans interested in learning about the farm system. It’s also read by players, coaches, agents, friends and family members.  I’m always pleased to see the friends, family members, and coaches of recent Pirates draft picks discovering and following the site.  We kind of take the draft for granted, chalking it up as a systematic procedure, and thinking of the players as...

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Rounds 26-30: Backup Plans and Organizational Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted a few prep players in the 26-30 rounds, as well as two college players to round out the draft.  In the last two years the Pirates have drafted seven prep players in their ten picks during this area of the draft, but haven’t signed any of them.  They’ve also signed three players from the JuCo or NCAA ranks, and have signed all three.  Expect the prep players to be back-up plans, with the...

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