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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Pirates Miss Out on a 2015 Draft Pick in the Competitive Balance Lottery
Jul23

Pirates Miss Out on a 2015 Draft Pick in the Competitive Balance Lottery

The MLB Competitive Balance Lottery was held today, awarding draft picks to small market and small revenue teams. The Pirates didn’t get a draft pick this year, after receiving picks the previous two years. The lottery has 13 teams, but only awards 12 picks, which means the Pirates were the odd team out. Here are the results. Competitive Balance lottery results for 2015 @MLBDraft: Round A: 1. @marlins 2....

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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 Astros 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 Colombian Catcher Roberto Noguera
Jul08

Pirates Sign Colombian Catcher Roberto Noguera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old Colombian catcher Roberto Noguera. He trained at the Baseball Academy of Gaujira (Academia de Beisbol del Gaujira) and he was signed by Orlando Covo on July 2nd. Noguera was born on May 15, 1997 which made him eligible to sign during last year’s July 2nd signing period. According to this article in Spanish (which has three photos of Noguera, including him batting right-handed) he...

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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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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Eighth International Prospect
Jul04

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Eighth International Prospect

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their eighth international signing of the July 2nd signing period according to Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com. There is very little information available on the newest player. His name is Jerry De Los Santos and he is a 16-year-old right-hander out of the Dominican, who signed for a $100,000 bonus. No other information is available at this time. We will have more on De Los Santos in the near future. You can...

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