The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top
Oct21

The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top

Not only did Baseball America release the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 draft report card yesterday, they also gave a first look at the top 50 for the 2015 draft. Admittedly, that list will change 100 times before the draft starts and with compensation picks and teams losing picks for signing free agents, the draft order will change almost as much. This list is just to give you a rough outline of what could be available to the Pirates when...

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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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Pirates Currently Pick 23rd in the 2015 MLB Draft
Sep29

Pirates Currently Pick 23rd in the 2015 MLB Draft

Jim Callis released the initial 2015 MLB draft order today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates currently pick 23rd overall. That is one spot higher than where they picked in the 2014 draft, when they took Cole Tucker in the first round. The Pirates can move up from this spot. Picks 12-22 are unprotected, which means if one of those teams signs a free agent who received a qualifying offer, that team would lose their draft slot and everyone...

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Pirates Sign Catcher Out of Venezuela
Aug20

Pirates Sign Catcher Out of Venezuela

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 18-year-old catcher Raul Hernandez out of Venezuela last month. He counts as a July 2nd signing and he’s one of three catchers the Pirates have signed during this year’s signing period. They also gave a a six-figure bonus to 16-year-old Gabriel Brito¬†on July 2nd and a few days later they signed 17-year-old Roberto Noguera out of Colombia. Hernandez has been eligible to sign since 2012, but his...

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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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