Neal Huntington on the Upcoming Amateur Draft
Apr24

Neal Huntington on the Upcoming Amateur Draft

Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington spoke with the media recently about the Pittsburgh Pirates approach with this upcoming draft. The Pirates are in an unfamiliar position, making their first pick with the 24th overall selection. The team’s focus remains the same, but the amount of work going into that first pick definitely increases. There is more uncertainty the further you get from the top and it makes it tougher to get a...

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Draft Prospect Watch: Derek Fisher Homers In Second Game Back
Apr23

Draft Prospect Watch: Derek Fisher Homers In Second Game Back

Some mid-week draft news and notes. Baseball America has two draft features from this week that are worth checking out, plus a couple other links of note. Below that, you will find some college recaps from the first two days this week. First up is their draft podcast with John Manuel and Clint Longenecker. If you have the time to listen to it, you should. They have great info on the prep pitchers that are establishing themselves as...

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Draft Prospect Watch: Four Prep Players That Could Be Interesting Picks For Pirates
Apr20

Draft Prospect Watch: Four Prep Players That Could Be Interesting Picks For Pirates

Wrapping up the weekend with some notes on a few high school players that are getting mentioned in the second half of the first round. Most college teams started their schedule on Thursday this week due to Easter, so there are only a few college notes to recap below. On Friday we took a look at the top college pitchers in this draft class, then checked out the best college bats on Saturday. On Thursday, we posted an article on what...

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Draft Prospect Watch: Trea Turner Homers Twice
Apr19

Draft Prospect Watch: Trea Turner Homers Twice

Yesterday, we took a look at the top college pitchers in this draft class, along with some notes on a few of the better prep players. Today we look at the best college hitters available. If you missed it from Thursday, we posted an article on what the Pirates could expect with their first round pick this year. The 2014 draft begins on June 5th, just under seven weeks away. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 24th pick in the first round...

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Draft Prospect Watch: Matt Imhof Throws Shutout Ball Vs. Top College Bats
Apr18

Draft Prospect Watch: Matt Imhof Throws Shutout Ball Vs. Top College Bats

Friday night is when most of the top college pitchers make their weekly start, so we concentrate on that group today. Due to the holiday this weekend, many of these pitchers got their start on Thursday night. If you missed it from yesterday, we posted an article on what the Pirates could expect with their first round pick this year. The 2014 draft begins on June 5th, just under seven weeks away. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 24th...

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First Pitch: What Can the Pirates Expect In the Draft This Year?
Apr18

First Pitch: What Can the Pirates Expect In the Draft This Year?

The 2014 draft is obviously different for the Pittsburgh Pirates than the draft has been over the last couple decades. They have the 24th overall pick in the first round, which is much lower than they are used to getting. Even in a year like 2013, when they picked ninth and 14th, we had a good idea all season of who they might take. Last year it seemed like the same 16 players were getting mentions in the top 16 spots, with only the...

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