• Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Still Find Talented Players on Day Two

    One of the big fears with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was that it would rob teams of the chance to land talent in the middle rounds. In previous years, day two was the biggest day for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We saw them taking over-slot picks like Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, and...

  • Rounds 11-15: A Contingency Plan For Appel?

    The new Collective Bargaining Agreement punishes teams with harsh penalties if they go over their total bonus pool. The bonus pool is made up of picks in rounds 1-10. However, that doesn’t mean teams are free to spend after the tenth round. Picks in rounds 11-40 are capped off at $100,000. Any...

  • Pirates Draft Pat Ludwig in the Tenth Round

    The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Pat Ludwig in the tenth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Ludwig is a pitcher for Yale, and was announced as a reliever by the team. He’s another college senior, and will likely be an easy sign, as he didn’t rank in the Baseball America top...

  • Pirates Draft D.J. Crumlich in the Ninth Round

    The Pittsburgh Pirates took a familiar name in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB Draft, selecting shortstop D.J. Crumlich from UC Irvine. Crumlich was taken by the Pirates last year in the 38th round, but opted to return to Irvine for his senior year. He’s got good hands and a strong...

  • Pirates Draft Kevin Ross in the Eighth Round

    The Pittsburgh Pirates took their first shortstop in the 2012 draft, selecting prep shortstop Kevin Ross in the eighth round. Ross was rated the 225th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and was taken with the 256th overall pick. He’s seen as a signable player, so the $138,200 slot price...

  • Pirates Draft Jacob Stallings in the Seventh Round

    The Pittsburgh Pirates took their second catcher in the draft, selecting Jacob Stallings from the University of North Carolina in the seventh round. The right-handed hitting catcher is a senior, which means he’ll probably be an easy sign, and might not come close to the $148,000 slot price for the Pirates’ seventh...

  • Pirates Draft Eric Wood in the Sixth Round

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted third baseman Eric Wood in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Wood, a right-handed hitter, attended Blinn College and comes from the JuCo ranks. He didn’t rate on Baseball America’s top 500, making him the first guy who could really qualify as a signability pick. Wood...

  • Pirates Draft Adrian Sampson in the Fifth Round

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted right handed pitcher Adrian Sampson with their fifth round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Sampson is a JuCo player who attended Bellevue Community College, and has a commitment to the University of Oregon. Sampson had Tommy John surgery during his senior year of high school, and went...

  • Pirates Draft Brandon Thomas in the Fourth Round

    The Pittsburgh Pirates took outfielder Brandon Thomas in the fourth round with the 136th overall pick. Thomas played for Georgia Tech, spending most of his time in left field, although that was due to fellow 2012 draft prospect Kyle Wren playing center field. Thomas has plus speed and can play center field....

  • Pirates Draft Jonathan Sandfort in the Third Round

    With their third round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected prep pitcher Jonathan Sandfort. The right hander is 6′ 5″, 220 pounds and has touched 94 MPH with his fastball. He typically sits 88-91 MPH, but has a projectable frame with the ability to add velocity going forward....

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