Rounds 36-40: Should MLB Shorten the Draft to 30 Rounds?
Jun07

Rounds 36-40: Should MLB Shorten the Draft to 30 Rounds?

The MLB draft was reduced from 50 rounds to 40 rounds with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That was a good move, as nothing significant really happened after round 40. Usually the only players who signed were college seniors, who could just sign as non-drafted free agents after the draft. College juniors usually went back for their senior year of school, while JuCo and prep players would go to a Division I college to try and...

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Rounds 31-35: Pirates Get a College Guy Who Was Projected in the Top 6 Rounds
Jun07

Rounds 31-35: Pirates Get a College Guy Who Was Projected in the Top 6 Rounds

At this point in the draft, you don’t see many guys sign. The college seniors will definitely sign, but JuCo guys and most college juniors will go back to school. Last year the Pirates only signed one guy after the 30th round, and that was 37th round pick Andrew Dennis. That signing might not have happened had it not been for the retirement of 15th round pick Max Rossiter, who like Dennis, was also a catcher. The big surprise...

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Rounds 26-30: The Signability of Players After the 25th Round
Jun07

Rounds 26-30: The Signability of Players After the 25th Round

The Pirates once again went heavy with the college players, taking five in a row in rounds 26-30. They have now taken seven college guys in a row. This isn’t that uncommon at this point in the draft. Most of the high school guys who are taken at this point don’t sign, even if they’re not highly regarded. That said, it’s not a guarantee that the college guys will sign either. The bonuses in these rounds are...

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Rounds 21-25: Pirates Break the College Trend; Take Three Interesting Prep Players
Jun07

Rounds 21-25: Pirates Break the College Trend; Take Three Interesting Prep Players

After going heavy with college players on day two, and the first ten picks on day three, the Pirates started taking prep players in rounds 21-25. They took three guys from the prep ranks in these rounds, although it might be hard to sign all three of them at this point in the draft. Eric Thomas Jr. is a highly rated draft prospect with a commitment to Sam Houston State. He seems like a project with raw hitting and fielding skills, but...

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Rounds 16-20: Pirates Keep With the Trend of College Players
Jun07

Rounds 16-20: Pirates Keep With the Trend of College Players

Day three is a marathon when it comes to recapping the draft. We’ve got three people rotating between player pages, and the draft goes so fast that it usually allows you to take a quick break after your last player page, before you’ve got to start researching the next guy. So when a college player gets drafted when it’s your turn, it’s a big sigh of relief. It’s easier to find information on college...

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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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