• 2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 2/20

    The first weekend of the 2012 NCAA Division I season is in the books, giving us our first look at some of the top 2012 draft prospects. A few of the top guys got off to great starts, with the top performer being Victor Roache. Roache went 4-for-10 at the plate in...

  • 2012 Draft Bonus Pools Are Set

    Jim Callis of Baseball America has announced that the bonus pools for the 2012 MLB draft are set. The only player who could impact the potential bonuses would be Derrek Lee, who is expected to either retire, or sign a minor league deal. Neither option would generate a compensation pick for the...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Draft Prospect Trackers

    In the past few years it has been easy to follow the potential draft prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were usually picking at the top of the draft, which meant the list of players to choose from was limited to the top three or four guys. Last year they were picking...

  • Baseball America Releases 2012 Top 100 Draft Prospects

    Baseball America has released their pre-season top 100 draft prospects today, complete with scouting reports for each player. The Pirates will have four to five picks in the top 100, depending on whether Derrek Lee signs with another team or opts for retirement. The Pirates pick eighth overall in the first round....

  • What Compensation Picks Will the Pirates Receive?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to receive as many as two free agent compensation picks in the 2012 draft. They received one for losing Ryan Doumit to the Minnesota Twins, and are likely to receive another pick once Derrek Lee signs with another team. It’s impossible to know the exact location of...

  • Pirates 2012 Draft Pool Still Unknown

    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has another update on the draft bonus pools, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a draft bonus pool of $9,270,800 in 2012.  The Pirates already have one compensation pick for losing Ryan Doumit, and could get another one for Derrek Lee.  It’s unknown if the bonus amount...

  • More Draft News

    Jim Callis has some more draft details at Baseball America: -The draft has been reduced from 50 to 40 rounds. Most of the 41-50 picks are used on organizational players, or go towards prep players who aren’t willing to sign. -Any attempt to circumvent the draft cap is “expressly prohibited”.  That ends...

  • Draft Bonus Pool Updates

    Jim Callis of Baseball America has two updates on the Draft Bonus Pools for the MLB draft under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Callis first reports that the bonus pool for the top ten rounds is closer to $180 M than the $200 M that was originally reported.  He also added that...

  • Slot Value For Pirates 2012 First Round Pick

    Jonathan Mayo has the slot values for the top ten picks in the first round of the 2012 draft under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Pittsburgh Pirates pick eighth in the first round, and according to Mayo, they will have $2.9 M to spend on their pick. The Pirates don’t have...

  • Potential Draft Bonus and Compensation Changes

    Buster Olney provided several updates on the possible changes that could take place under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Olney reports is "on the ten-yard line". -The big issue has been the owners' demands for hard slotting.  One solution involves bonuses for the top ten rounds.  Teams would have a ceiling...

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