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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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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