• Draft Day Three Preview: You Don’t Need Over-Slot Deals to Find Talent

    In the past, day three for the Pittsburgh Pirates was all about taking tough to sign players. In 2008 they took Jarek Cunningham, Wes Freeman, and Quinton Miller, giving all three over-slot deals. In 2009 it was Jeff Inman. In 2010 there was Drew Maggi, Ryan Hafner, and Jared LaKind. 2012 didn’t...

  • First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – Everybody Loves Cody Dickson

    Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2013 bonus pool have been selected. Just like last night we will give our reactions to the picks. You can check out the recap of the day here. Wilbur Miller and John Dreker were both following the...

  • Draft Day Two Recap: Lefty Pitchers, Shortstops, Groundballs, and Upside

    Yesterday the Pirates took some high upside guys, drafting Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire in the first round, then taking Blake Taylor in the second. Today they continued going for upside, adding a lot of guys who will need some development, and maybe an adjustment or two, but have the tools, pitches,...

  • Tenth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Shane Carle

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted RHP Shane Carle in the tenth round of the MLB draft. Carle is another sinkerball pitcher who throws 92-94 MPH. He had a 3.57 ERA in 93.1 innings with Cal State Long Beach this year, with a 75:30 K/BB ratio. Carle is 6′ 4″, 185 pounds and has a...

  • Ninth Round: Pirates Draft Chad Kuhl

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted RHP Chad Kuhl in the ninth round of the MLB draft. Kuhl is a sinkerball pitcher who throws an average curve and changeup. That’s not a big surprise since we know the Pirates favor sinkerball pitchers. He was rated 365th overall by Baseball America. Kuhl throws his fastball in...

  • Eighth Round: Pirates Draft Neil Kozikowski

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted RHP Neil Kozikowski from Avon Old Farms School in the eighth round of the MLB draft. Kozikowski is a 6′ 4″, 180 pound RHP with a commitment to VCU. He throws his fastball 86-88 MPH, topping out at 90, and has touched 92 MPH with a tall, projectable frame and...

  • Seventh Round: Pirates Draft RHP Buddy Borden

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted UNLV RHP Buddy Borden in the seventh round of the MLB draft. Borden is 6′ 3″, 210 pounds, and had a 2.59 ERA in 100.2 innings this year, with a 77:35 K/BB ratio. That was a big improvement over last year, when he had a 4.94 ERA in...

  • Sixth Round: Pirates Draft Adam Frazier, SS

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Mississippi State shortstop Adam Frazier in the sixth round of the MLB draft. Frazier hit for a .344/.393/.451 line in 273 at-bats this year. The draft is light on college shortstops, and Frazier is one of the top options, ranked 142nd by Baseball America. Defensively Frazier has an...

  • Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Trae Arbet

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted prep shortstop Trae Arbet in the fifth round of the MLB draft. Arbet was the 114th best player in Baseball America’s rankings. He’s a very athletic shortstop with good bat speed and gap power. Defensively he’s good, with solid range, instincts and arm. It’s never a guarantee that...

  • Fourth Round: Pirates Draft Cody Dickson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted LHP Cody Dickson from Sam Houston State in the fourth round of the MLB draft. Dickson is a 6′ 3″, 180 pound left hander who has had some problems with his delivery, but has a projectable frame and an easy throwing motion. He had a 4.26 ERA in 95...

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