Baseball America’s 2014 Pirates Draft Report Card
Oct20

Baseball America’s 2014 Pirates Draft Report Card

Baseball America has released their 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates draft report card, which gives insight into the best tools among pitchers and position players. John Manuel did the report and said that the Pirates didn’t get a lot of players that currently have plus tools, but Cole Tucker, Mitch Keller, Trey Supak and Gage Hinsz offer future potential. You can read more in the link above, but here is a quick summary of the best tools...

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Gage Hinsz Named Top Late-Round Draft Pick By Baseball America
Oct17

Gage Hinsz Named Top Late-Round Draft Pick By Baseball America

When the Pittsburgh Pirates took right-handed pitcher Gage Hinsz in the 11th round, there were no guarantees they would sign him. The 18-year-old was almost taken in the second round according to Hinsz himself, but he passed on a pre-draft offer. The Pirates ended up taking him nine rounds later and agreed to an over-slot bonus of $580,000, the maximum they could pay him without incurring heavy penalties for going over their draft...

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The Penalty Teams Are Willing to Pay in the Draft
Jul28

The Penalty Teams Are Willing to Pay in the Draft

Baseball America released the 2014 draft spending totals for every team, taking a look at what each team spent from their bonus pool, along with the total draft spending. The Pirates ended up spending $7,412,400 in bonus pool spending, which was 4.94% over their allotted amount. The total spending for the draft was $8,186,400. This means they spent about $674,000 on the 19 players they signed outside of the top ten rounds, not...

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The New Draft Rules Are Backfiring
Jul16

The New Draft Rules Are Backfiring

Yesterday a lot of news came out regarding Brady Aiken, the first overall pick in the 2014 draft. To give a short recap, the AstrosĀ agreed to a deal with Aiken, but now they’re saying that he has an injury. Aiken is denying the injury. The Astros have delayed a deal with their fifth rounder, since his above-slot signing could only be possible if they actually sign Aiken (the agreed upon deal was under slot, and some of the rest...

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Pirates Sign Gage Hinsz For $580,000
Jul06

Pirates Sign Gage Hinsz For $580,000

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Gage Hinsz to an over-slot deal, according to Jim Callis. 11th-rder Gage Hinsz agrees to terms w/@Pirates for $580k ($480k counts vs pool). Projectable Montana HS RHP, up to 93 already. @MLBDraft — Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 6, 2014 Hinsz was an 11th round pick out of high school, and was able to command a high bonus. Any pick after the 10th round can receive up to...

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First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense
Jun30

First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense

When it comes to draft analysis, the first look at the draft is never final. The second look isn’t final either. Evaluating a draft is a constant process, changing for better or worse as new information comes along. Earlier this month, I wrote that I didn’t like the draft the Pittsburgh Pirates had. That was rare, as I’ve liked a lot of the drafts they’ve had under Neal Huntington and company. I did write about...

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