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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Pirates Agree With 26th Round Pick Jerrick Suiter
Jun24

Pirates Agree With 26th Round Pick Jerrick Suiter

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with 26th round pick Jerrick Suiter. The right-fielder just finished his career at TCU after being eliminated in the College World Series. He decided to turn pro, rather than returning for his senior season. Suiter didn’t show much power in his time at TCU, with no homers in his three-year career. He did hit 12 doubles in his junior year, while showing a good ability to get on base. He...

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Pirates 23rd Round Pick Released From Tulane Commitment
Jun23

Pirates 23rd Round Pick Released From Tulane Commitment

A week ago I wrote about how Pittsburgh Pirates 23rd round pick Zach Warren was requesting a release from his commitment to Tulane. Warren had committed to Tulane before several changes to the coaching staff, and requested his release as a result of those changes. According to Warren himself, on Twitter, he has been de-committed and released from Tulane. Officially decommitted and released from Tulane… Crazy how things work out...

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Bonus Info For All Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks in the First Ten Rounds
Jun17

Bonus Info For All Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks in the First Ten Rounds

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed all of their picks in the top ten round, 12 players in all and we now know how their draft bonus pool shapes up. The new numbers are: Connor Joe $1,250,000 Nelson Jorge $125,000 Kevin Krause $143,600 Krause signed for slot, while Joe signed for $207,600 under slot. Jorge signed for $39,700 under slot. Our draft signing tracker has been updated with all the information. The Pirates now have...

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