UNLV’s Erick Fedde is Second Top College Pitcher to Need Tommy John Surgery
May10

UNLV’s Erick Fedde is Second Top College Pitcher to Need Tommy John Surgery

The deep pitching class in the 2014 draft has taken some hits recently and on Saturday, it was announced that a second top pitcher will need Tommy John surgery. UNLV’s Erick Fedde will undergo the operation and it knocks a potential top ten pick down the draft board. Earlier in the week, East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman found out he needed TJ surgery and he went from a potential top five pick, to a late first rounder for many....

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Draft Prospect Watch: Brandon Finnegan Returns, Luke Weaver Throws Seven Shutout Innings
May09

Draft Prospect Watch: Brandon Finnegan Returns, Luke Weaver Throws Seven Shutout Innings

It’s Friday night, so we concentrate on the top draft-eligible college pitchers in the nation. Yesterday was a busy day for the draft, with Keith Law releasing his updated top 100 list, Baseball America posting their first mock draft and we previewed four possibilities for the Pittsburgh Pirates first round pick. Most of the guys below are expected to be off the board before the Pirates pick, but as we saw with Jeff Hoffman this...

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Keith Law Releases New Top 100 Draft Prospect List
May08

Keith Law Releases New Top 100 Draft Prospect List

For subscribers to ESPN Insider, Keith Law has released his newest list of the top 100 prospects in the upcoming draft class. It’s been a busy day here today for draft coverage, with Baseball America posting their first mock draft of the season and we posted our second preview of picks in the Pittsburgh Pirates range. There was also news from last night of Jeff Hoffman needing Tommy John surgery and Jacob Bukauskas pulling his...

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2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Michael Conforto, Luke Weaver, Michael Chavis, Kodi Medeiros
May08

2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Michael Conforto, Luke Weaver, Michael Chavis, Kodi Medeiros

Every Thursday from now until the amateur draft on June 5th, we will preview four players that could be options for the Pittsburgh Pirates with their first round pick. The Pirates select 24th overall, so we will concentrate on players in that range. Last week we previewed Sean Newcomb, Braxton Davidson, Spencer Adams and Casey Gillaspie. You can read the preview of them here and also check videos of them here. The players chosen here...

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Baseball America’s First Mock Draft Has Kyle Schwarber Going to Pirates
May08

Baseball America’s First Mock Draft Has Kyle Schwarber Going to Pirates

Baseball America released their first mock draft of the year and they have the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. This might seem like an odd choice to some with the Pirates having Reese McGuire at West Virginia and Jin-De Jhang at Bradenton, both legit prospects, but there are two things to point out. First is that you always take the best player available, because nothing is a guarantee as far as the future...

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Draft Prospect Watch: Jeff Hoffman to Have Tommy John Surgery, Prep Arm Pulls Out of Draft
May07

Draft Prospect Watch: Jeff Hoffman to Have Tommy John Surgery, Prep Arm Pulls Out of Draft

Some mid-week draft news and it’s not good for East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman, who will now have Tommy John Surgery. He missed his last two starts with what was called “mild arm soreness”. It turns out that his junior season is now over and should he return to college, he would miss most of next season as well. Hoffman was rated around 5/6 for most people before the injury, so it should be very interesting to see...

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