Rounds 11-15: Pirates Go a Familiar Route With First Pick on Day Three
Jun07

Rounds 11-15: Pirates Go a Familiar Route With First Pick on Day Three

The first pick on day three of the draft was a classic Pirates move, taking a projectable prep pitcher with a commitment to a big college. Gage Hinsz was rated 188th overall by Baseball America, and could require more than the $100,000 limit for post-10th round picks. Any player after the 10th round who signs for more than $100,000 has the difference applied to the bonus pool. So if the Pirates have any day one savings remaining,...

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Draft Day Three Preview: Saving This Pirates Draft
Jun07

Draft Day Three Preview: Saving This Pirates Draft

Normally for my day three preview, I write about how it is still possible to find talent on day three of the draft. I mention that Casey Sadler was a 25th round pick, or point out guys like Phil Irwin, or sleeper prospects like Ryan Hafner. I’ll point out missed opportunities like Trea Turner (21st round pick in 2011, 13th overall this year). The focus will be that the Pirates got a lot of talent in rounds 1-10, but that...

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First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far
Jun07

First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far

Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2014 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 today, with the three of us working to find information on the new Pirates prospects. You can find all of our thoughts below. Tim Williams After the day one picks, I...

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Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Go College Heavy on Day Two
Jun06

Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Go College Heavy on Day Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates went college heavy on day two of the draft, one day after taking prep players with three of their four picks. They stuck to familiar categories, taking outfielders and right-handed pitchers with the majority of their picks. There were two catchers and a shortstop taken on day two. The surprising thing was that with so many college guys, the Pirates don’t project to need additional slot money to sign their...

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Tenth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Alex McRae
Jun06

Tenth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Alex McRae

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Alex McRae in the tenth round of the 2014 MLB draft. McRae is a junior from Jacksonville University, and had a down season this year. He put up a 6.06 ERA in 87.2 innings, with a 69:32 K/BB ratio. He’s 6′ 3″, 185 pounds, and throws 89-93 MPH with a solid slider. McRae wasn’t ranked in Baseball America’s top 500 prospects. McRae still has room to add...

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Ninth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Kevin Krause
Jun06

Ninth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Kevin Krause

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted catcher Kevin Krause in the ninth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Krause is from Stony Brook University. Krause hit for a .354/.441/.551 line with eight homers in 198 at-bats this past season. Baseball America rated him the 298th best prospect in the draft, and said he has the physical tools to remain behind the plate. He hasn’t played catcher full time, spending time in the outfield. Krause put...

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