• Draft Signing Notes: Landecker, Topa, Arbet

    Yesterday I mentioned that five draft picks will be going to Bradenton this week to sign deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today I learned that about a dozen players have already agreed to sign, with most officially signing tomorrow. Here are a few more names who will be joining the list. **17th...

  • Draft Signings: Danny Collins, Beau Wallace, Jeff Roy, and More

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will be signing 13th round pick Danny Collins, according to Collins himself on Twitter. https://twitter.com/Danny21Collins/status/344181930465562625 Collins is a junior first baseman from Troy University, and hit for a .360/.452/.631 line in 236 at-bats last year with 11 homers. He has a quick bat, good hand-eye coordination, and has hit...

  • Draft Signing Rumors: Reese McGuire, Taylor, Kuhl, Carle And More

    With the MLB draft in the books after three long days, the Pittsburgh Pirates will now get some of these players into camp immediately. It usually starts with the obvious ones, the college seniors that have no more eligibility. The Pirates will hold a mini-camp early next week at their facility in...

  • Draft Day Three Recap: Ten Players to Highlight the Day Three Picks

    In my day three preview I pointed out how the Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten some good value prospects on day three of the draft, taking people like Casey Sadler, Phil Irwin, and Adalberto Santos after the 20th round. The problem with that approach is that you don’t always know those guys will...

  • Rounds 36-40: Pirates Wrap Up the 2013 Draft

    The Pirates wrapped up day three of the MLB draft with several JuCo players, and finished up with a pair of pitchers. The reports for each player can be seen below, with their names linked to their Pirates Prospects player pages. 36th Round, 1079th Overall: Scott Hoffman, RHP, South Mountain CC Hoffman...

  • Rounds 31-35: Pirates Draft Jared Goedert’s Brother

    Most of the guys in rounds 31-45 are either not signing, or are organizational guys. There were two notable names at the end of this group. The first name was Connor Goedert, which is notable because he is the younger brother of Pirates’ minor leaguer Jared Goedert. The second was Cody Beam....

  • Rounds 26-30: The Injury Concerns that Come With College Pitchers

    One way to avoid the sometimes ridiculous arm abuse of pitchers in the college ranks is to go with high school arms. Another approach would be to draft guys who haven’t been pitching that long. The Pirates did just that, and did it back to back in the 28th and 29th rounds....

  • Rounds 21-25: Finding the Next Phil Irwin

    Just before the 24th round I was thinking about Phil Irwin. Back in 2009, Irwin was taken in the 21st round out of Mississippi. At the time he looked like he had some promise. In fact, this was my recap of the pick: I really like the pick of Irwin, which gives...

  • Rounds 16-20: Billy Roth Shows Future Promise, But Might Be Hard to Sign

    The Pirates added several players here who should serve as organizational guys to fill out the lower levels. One guy who stands out among the organizational is Justin Topa. He didn’t show up on any top prospect lists, and was listed by Baseball America in a weak draft class in New York,...

  • Rounds 11-15: Pirates Add Some Hitters to the System

    The Pirates often go with a lot of pitchers, with Pirates fans asking for hitters. They started day three of the draft with five straight hitters. A few of these guys profile as organizational options, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have value. 15th round pick Max Rossiter should play a key...

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